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4th of July Awards presented Thursday evening

Alameda Post - 4th of July Parade Awards, July 20. ARPD’s Patrick Russi and Mayor Ashcraft had fun presenting the awards. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
ARPD’s Patrick Russi and Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft had fun presenting the awards. Photo Maurice Ramirez.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s Patrick Russi celebrated the creativity of the 2023 4th of July Parade by giving out awards at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park on Thursday evening, July 20. Assisted by several of the judges, they handed out awards in eight different categories, culminating with the Mayor’s Trophy.

Alameda Post - 4th of July Parade Awards, July 20. - Mayor Ashcraft presents Grand Marshal Alisa Rasera with a commemorative plaque. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Mayor Ashcraft presents Grand Marshal Alisa Rasera with a commemorative plaque. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Alameda Post - 4th of July Parade Awards, July 20. - Parade Judge Dr. Cindy Acker (L) and Mayor Ashcraft (R) present Parade Grand Marshal Cindy Houts with the Alameda Food Bank’s award in the Nonprofit category. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Parade Judge Dr. Cindy Acker (L) and Mayor Ashcraft (R) present Parade Grand Marshal Cindy Houts with the Alameda Food Bank’s award in the Nonprofit category. Photo Adam Gillitt.

The evening began with a celebration for Marine Veteran Bill Darling, followed by recognition of the Grand Marshals, Cindy Houts, soon-to-retire Executive Director of the Alameda Food Bank, and, later, Alisa Rasera, Christ Church Co-Chair for Social Justice.

Alameda Post - 4th of July Parade Awards, July 20. - Last year’s Mayor’s Trophy winner, the Cargo Bike Brigade, took first place in their division again this year. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Last year’s Mayor’s Trophy winner, the Cargo Bike Brigade, took first place in their division again this year. Photo Maurice Ramirez.

Many popular entries won awards, including last year’s Mayor’s Trophy winner, the Cargo Bike Brigade, as well as the Native American Health Center, the Korean Traditional Dance Performance, the Apicella Family Club—who hosted the police chief of Varazze, Italy—and the Boy Scouts. Whisk Cake Creations, was awarded first place in the Business Division and also took home the Mayor’s Trophy. Their entry will be inscribed on the trophy that is displayed in the City Manager’s office.



Alameda Post - 4th of July Parade Awards, July 20. - Henry Awayan of Whisk Cake Creations accepted top honors in the Business category and the Mayor’s Trophy. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Henry Awayan of Whisk Cake Creations accepted top honors in the Business category and the Mayor’s Trophy. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Review the parade program to see the entries in the 2023 parade, and see our coverage with photos by Maurice Ramirez.

2023 Alameda 4th of July Parade Winners

Community / Neighborhood Division

  1. Cargo Bike Brigade
  2. Freak Truck of Love
  3. Alpicella Family Club

Equestrian Divisions

  1. Alameda County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse

Green Power Division

  1. Boy Scouts of America, Golden Gate Area Council
  2. City of Alameda Democratic Club
  3. Lou’s Lagoon

Live Music Division

  1. Jason Cropper Band
  2. Academy of Alameda Band
  3. Friends of the West End

Movement Division

  1. Alameda Vipers Basketball
  2. International Chi Institute, Kung Fu School
  3. 9Round Alameda

Nonprofit Division

  1. Native American Health Center
  2. Alameda Food Bank
  3. Korean Traditional Dance Performance

Business Division

  1. Whisk Cake Creations
  2. Alameda Arts
  3. Westside Joe’s Bikes

Mayor’s Trophy

  • Whisk Cake Creations
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