The Parade

The Parade begins at a staging area Lincoln High School parking lot at Dana Avenue and winds through the charming and historic streets of the Rose Garden and Shasta/Hanchett Neighborhoods, ending at our festival area located near Lenzen and The Alameda. Schools, marching bands, dance groups, antique auto clubs, high wheel bicyclists, fire trucks, service organizations, equestrians, color guards, pets and their owners are all invited to partake in the Parade. With participation from RGPNA, S/HPNA, College Park Neighborhood Association, Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Capernaum Club for handicapped teens and over 400 local children, last year's parade became an instant success.

Our parade is paced with an honor guard and the Santa Clara County Pipes and Drums that both leads and announces (loudly) the parade. Our Grand Marshals have included former San Jose mayors, Susan Hammer and Janet Gray Hayes, San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, Steve "Woz" Wozniak, Dan Rusanosky together with Sharkie of the San Jose Sharks, ABC Channel 7 news anchor Dan Ashley, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed together with prima ballerina Karen Gabay and 96 year old WWII veteran Joe Bell. This year we are honored to have Krazy George, perennial SJSU cheerleader (inventor of the "Wave") together with venerable SJSU judo coach Yosh Uchida with 45 national championships to his credit. Local dignitaries, dance groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, military units, antique car clubs, and floats were featured in last year's parade. We will continue this year with our float making competition where cash prizes are offered to the top three entrants. At the staging area we provide patriotic red, white and blue decorations for the kids to decorate their bikes and wagons. Last year 300 to 500 kids and their parents showed up to decorate and be in the parade. The parade continues to be subject of conversation and continued excitement in our community. Everyone is looking forward to this year's parade. The Parade will begin at 10AM and is expected to conclude at noon.

For more information go to links for:
Parade History
Parade Participation
Route Map & Parking
Frequently Asked Questions