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Fourth of July Parade Awards

Mayor Ashcraft awarded twenty four winners at the pavilion in Jean Sweeney Open Space.

On Thursday evening, over 100 people gathered to watch Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft announce this year’s Fourth of July Parade awards. This year marked the Parade’s return after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Eleven judges evaluated more than 100 entries from the official stand on Otis Drive by the old Lum School, including the Alameda Post’s publisher, Adam Gillitt. This year marked the first year the Parade was managed by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD). It proved to be as popular an event as ever, with many residents lined up along the route to watch and cheer.

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ARPD Recreation Manager Patrick Russi and ARPD Director Amy Wooldridge with the Fourth of July Parade Awards. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Supported by ARPD Director Amy Wooldridge and Recreation Manager Patrick Russi, the Mayor handed out Fourth of July Parade awards in seven different categories in front of an impressive display of trophies. After her opening remarks, the Mayor began with by awarding the winners of the Equestrian Division. She posed for photos with each of the winners as they were given out. The audience was very enthusiastic, cheering and applauding each of the winners, and providing drumrolls to help the Mayor build suspense. The winner of the final category of the evening, the Green Power division, was the Cargo Bike Brigade, who also won the top award, the Mayor’s Trophy. The trophy will remain on display in the Mayor and City Manager’s office in City Hall.

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The Cargo Bike Brigade poses with Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and the Mayor’s Trophy after winning the award. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Equestrian Division

Mounted Group Open
    1. Los Amigos Vaqueros
Mounted Posse
    1. Alameda County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse
Charro/Cherra Mounted Group
    1. Hayward Hills Charros
    2. Diablo Roofing Inc.
Vaquero Working Open
    1. Otaez Mexican Restaurant

Business Division

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Minions from the Alameda Theatre & Cinema Grill’s award-winning entry with the Mayor. Photo Adam Gillitt
  1. Whisk Cake Creations
  2. Alameda Theatre & Cinema Grill
  3. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Community / Neighborhood Division

  1. Tomorrow Youth Repertory
  2. Alameda: Mr. Rogers Favorite Neighborhood!
  3. Hello Yellow Tow Truck

Green Power Division

  1. Cargo Bike Brigade
  2. Westside Joe’s Bikes
  3. Alameda Scouts BSA

Live Music Division

  1. Encinal High School Soarin’ Jets Band
  2. Academy of Alameda Band
  3. Island City Sound

Movement Division

  1. Alameda Vipers AAU Basketball Club
  2. O Kalani Outrigger Canoe Club
  3. Freak Truck

Non-Profit Division

  1. Alameda Arts
  2. West Alameda Business Association
  3. Korean Traditional Costumes Parade

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