July 4th parade information Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:13 am
Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley will host the 4th of July Parade starting at 9 a.m., Monday, July 4, in downtown Danville. The parade route has changed so parade watchers should sit/set-up north of Sycamore Valley Road. Also, chairs can only be placed to mark your spot after 6 p.m., Sunday, July 3. If chairs, tape or other objects are set out before, they will be removed and will be available for pick-up on July 5, at the Town Service Center. For more information about the parade, visit [Web Link www.kiwanis-srv.org].
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Posted by Janey, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:13 am
The Danville 4th of July parade is one giant commercial! The very first time I saw it in 2003, I was amazed that so many people would waste their time in the hot sun, vying for a seat to see paid advertisers go by in trucks or cars. When the enormous Lucky's truck went down tiny Hartz Ave, I was done with ever going to this "parade" again. What a joke! You can wrap it all up in red, white and blue, but it is still a huge paid advertisement. Does anyone else see it like I do?
Also, it is amazing that so many of the parade watchers litter. There was so much litter lining the streets after. I was sick to see the huge litter mess left behind. Is it that hard to either take your garage with you or find a garbage can (even if they are overflowing)? This is Danville. Shouldn't we have enough pride in our town to do our part to keep it clean? Please let me know what you think.
Posted by !, a resident of another community, on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm
i am a strong democrat, a staunch McNerney/SEIUsupporter (that also walks side-by-by side in 100% agreement with the American Communist Party). These 4th of July parades need to fade away quickly from American tradition. This is one of the "changes" i voted straight democrat ticket for...especially Obama. The other change i am in agreement with the democrat party is to eliminate God and Christianity from it former American base. Obama is doing a good job eliminating this reference.
Back to these hokey parades, they only serve to stir up US nationalism, when we should stop and think how destructive America has been. i hope to see these parades being overtaken by other countries' traditions and religions. i agree with Obama's Rev. Wright. GD America. Long live our Democrat Party.
Posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jul 5, 2011 at 7:59 am
Among corridor neighborhoods yesterday afternoon there was discussions of alternatives to the Danville Independence Day Parade. It seems there is a gathering attitude that the parade organization needs to focus on new participation or our corridor needs to produce different programs honoring our celebration of WE, the people. There was reflection of years long ago that included the pancake breakfast at SRVHS, more marching units and bands, more humorous marching groups, and a great deal less politics.
There were great ideas for new marching groups, new music, and a great deal of recognition of the signs of such groups participating. As on-line discussions continued, neighbors saw potential in the “Bollywood” dancers, Chinese dragons, and the ladies in the red hats. Most importantly, such discussions looked to our corridor communities to bring new groups to the parade and not simply expect the Kiwanis to be the producers of such groups.
Danville’s parade should be a tradition and a stage for the diversity and imagination of our communities. Neighbors look forward to next year with a recommendation that the theme be “Diversity of WE, the People.” And as Alamo considers its own diversity in reflecting its sense of humor, it should be seen as an equal invitation to all communities and neighborhoods in our corridor to bring their diverse showmanship to tomorrow’s traditions of the Danville Fourth of July Parade.
Posted by rsc, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm
For those who are sitting around "discussing", I'd like to make a suggestion:
Here are a couple of options:
- let the volunteers at the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley (yes, the whole Valley, not just Danville) know your ideas. Send them to email@example.com
- come to a meeting of the Kiwanis Club at Round Hill Country Club (which is in Alamo the last time I checked). All the info is at their website at www.kiwanis-srv.org. Meetings are at Thursday at noon.
- realize that it costs $1000+ for each "professional" act that comes into the parade whether it be marching units, lion dancers, or quality bands. They have leverage and are able to charge significantly for their services.
- go to other community groups that put in time and effort to better our community and see if they can be convinced to do a 4th of july event (Rotary, Lions, etc...)
- instead of talking, register in the parade! Non-profits or community groups can register for a nominal fee which goes to covering the costs of the parade.
- start your own parade in your own corridor neighborhood. Competition is a good thing.
... it's up to you. You can sit around and talk, or you can contribute...your choice.