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May 15, 2007 > 4th of July Parade Ready to Celebrate Fremont!

4th of July Parade Ready to Celebrate Fremont!

Submitted By Keith Elrod

Strike up the band, inflate the balloons, and bring in the clowns because the annual Fremont 4th of July Parade is coming to town. At 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 4 - More than 80 entries including giant helium balloons, colorful floats, marching bands and drum corps, and equestrian entries will make their way through the Niles District of Fremont.

The parade is expected to draw thousands of spectators and 2,500 parade participants, staging on Second Street between I Street and D Street as well as portions of D Street and School Street between Second Street and Bodily Avenue. It will step off at the corner off D and Second Streets, turn onto Niles Boulevard and proceed to I Street.

A number of bands will march in the parade including the 90 member Fairmont High School Marching Band coming all the way from Fairmont, Minnesota. Fairmont High School is also bringing their 25-piece orchestra to perform at a time and location to be announced. Some of the other musical units to date include the 2000 Drum Corps International Division II World Champions, Santa Clara Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the Tri-City Band of Fremont and American High School from Fremont.

Spectators will watch giant helium balloons hover along the half-mile parade route, including a 50' Statue of Liberty Hello Kitty, patriotic hats, and a patriotic cake. Over a dozen floats are expected including a train locomotive, a giant pirate ship and a float featuring Military Heroes of Fremont and the east bay. Equestrians, antique automobiles, baton twirlers, dancers and clowns will also be among the parade participants.

The public is invited to visit www.fremont4thofjulyparade.org for more information. Volunteers are needed as balloon handlers, street monitors and more. Please contact Jessie Gomez at chiefnca@aol.com.

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