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June 27, 2006 > Honoring hometown heroes

Honoring hometown heroes

by Julie Grabowski

Fremont's annual 4th of July parade is coming to Irvington this year; the historic district serving as the backdrop for the city's largest parade ever. With over 90 entries, Irvington is set to deliver a sensational day. The festivities begin at 10 a.m., presided over by Grand Marshal Bob Coop, Fremont's first City Manager. Accompanying him will be Bob's first secretary, Earlene Walker, along with the city's next five managers. Mayor Bob Wasserman and county Supervisor, Scott Haggerty, will be on hand with city council members.

Local citizens nominated for their work in the community will ride a special float sporting the parade's theme: "Fremont's Hometown Heroes." The popular Pirates of Emerson ghost ship will be sailing the parade route joined by equestrian teams such as the Itty Bitty Mini Committee, and music from the Irvington High marching band, Irish Heritage Pipe Band, and San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corp. The Oakland Raiderettes, and A's mascot, Stomper, will represent their teams; Ronald McDonald is scheduled too. Local entertainers, Taiko drummers and Gun Fighters of the Old West will perform with the parade. A giant walking American flag will be on the route with Uncle Sam balloons and walking stars. Parade judges and a viewing stand will be set up at Papazian Way and Fremont Blvd.

Commencing at the corner of Grimmer and Fremont Blvds, the parade will follow Fremont Blvd. down to Irvington Ave., turning right and concluding at Chapel Way. Streets will be closed at 9 a.m. and attendees are urged to arrive early to find parking. Cloverleaf Bowl is also hosting a large event, so their lot will be full.

Hosted by the Irvington Business Association and co-hosted by the Exchange Club of Fremont, this is Irvington's second July 4th parade. Over $50,000 has been contributed to the event from sponsors such as Unitek, The Saddle Rack, Celebrate Fremont, Regis Homes, Amor & Assoc. Insurance Agency, and Walsh Property Management. Another sponsor, Blue Agave, is hosting the VIP breakfast before the parade.

For more information or to volunteer, call Patti Hitchcock at (510) 376-7563, or visit

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