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June 26, 2012 > Mark your calendar for Fremont's Fourth of July parade

Mark your calendar for Fremont's Fourth of July parade

Submitted By Donna Hartigan

The 2012 Fremont Fourth of July Parade committee is pleased once again to invite everyone to salute our Veterans as this year's theme for the city of Fremont July 4th parade. The community member committee has raised enough funds to ensure this great event happens for the estimated 15,000 spectators. Grand Marshal is NBC Bay Area reporter Mike Inyoue from Today on the Bay. The title sponsor this year is Fremont Chevrolet. Other contributors include Robson Homes, Tri City Voice, Chapel of the Angels, Washington Hospital System, Chapel of Roses and multiple other 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 working with other community members to plan the perfect event, garnering community and City support, planning the event, leading the advertising and publicity, and raising the over $40,000 necessary to put on the event! The money raised assures the parade will happen this year, and Jesse is closely watching the budget to assure the parade will have seed money for next year as well. City Council Member Anu Natarajan, has been instrumental in securing over $10,000 for the parade.

The parade provides a unique advertising opportunity for small and large businesses throughout the city. In a one-mile loop, businesses have visibility to 15,000 Fremont residents. The more creative your float or entry, the more memorable your business will be.

The 2012parade route will around the heart of Fremont future downtown, beginning on Capital, down Paseo Padre and finish up on Beacon. The parade will once again feature float and display entries from community businesses, various youth and non-profit groups. Be there early to see the Beech Boys flyover kicking off the start of the parade.

The committee continues to seek sponsors as well as volunteers. Each of the volunteers will be trained in a dedicated position. 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 2012 Committee Chair Jesse Schaa at the Irvington Business Association at irvingtoniba@yahoo.com.

Schaa would like to give special thanks to his special team of community members that worked their tails off to make sure Fremont enjoys another 4th of July parade, and assure its existence in the future: A big "thank you" to Roberta Fischer and Maggie Pederson for their work on securing sponsors.

Thank you to Kim Mathis of the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce for recruiting volunteers needed to support this event Thanks to other members of the group who have been participating in meetings and planning sessions and Ray Pulver of Upbeat Parades for all his help and guidance through this process.

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