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June 28, 2011 > Fremont Fourth of July Parade a GO!

Fremont Fourth of July Parade a GO!

Submitted By Liz Elliott

America's Birthday Party Parade in Fremont has raised enough funds to ensure this great event happens for the estimated 15,000 spectators. Grand Marshal is Fremont's own Bernardin Family, a big Fremont community supporter. Sponsors include Centerstreet Development/Blake Hunt Ventures,Fremont Chevrolet, Robson Homes, Union Pacific Rail, multiple local businesses and organizations. Come see an event that puts Fremont on the map!

Parade Chair and owner of Schaa's Lawnmower's in Fremont, Jesse Schaa, has done an outstanding job of guiding the entire project, from planning the perfect route, garnering community and City support, planning the event, leading the advertising and publicity, and raising the over $39,000 to put on the event. The money raised assures the parade will happen this year, and Jesse is closely watching the budget to assure a parade will have seed money for next year as well. Fremont Vice Mayor Sue Chan and City Council Member Anu Natarajan, has been instrumental in securing over $7,000 each for the parade.

The 2011parade route will wind through the heart of Fremont's future downtown. Parade entries feature floats and community businesses and non-profit groups. It's not too late to become a parade sponsor or volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. We still need help. If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer for the parade, please contact the 2011 Committee Chair Jesse Schaa at the Irvington Business Association at

A special team of community members have banded together to make sure Fremont enjoyed another 4th of July parade and assure its existence into the future: Donna Hartigan and Marlene Verdile for organizing the meetings, soliciting sponsors, garnering community and City support, and tending to every other detail necessary to make the 2011 parade happen. Big thanks to Kim Mathis of the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce that helped tremendously with the transition of the parade from the Mission area last year. Thanks to other members of the group: Steve Cho, Steve Smith, Bruce Davis, Liz Elliott, Luis Facha, Greg Green, Patty Hitchcock, Steve Wyant, Taranjit Singh. And a special thanks to Ray Pulver of Upbeat Parades for all his help and guidance through this process.

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