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November 7, 2017 > Greet the holidays with Meet in the Street

Greet the holidays with Meet in the Street

By Toshali Goel

As the holiday season swiftly approaches, Castro Valleys annual Meet in the Street event and light parade is prepared to greet it with open arms. The event will be taking place for its sixth year on Saturday, November 11 and will include live entertainment along with the communityÕs beloved light parade. Meet in the Street will feature several performances at various points along Castro Valley Boulevard, to highlight the rich local musical talent of the area. Several vendors along the street will be offering special discounts in honor of the event, organized by the Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce. Vendors may also choose to give out complimentary items to eventgoers. The light parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., and feature floats from local service organizations, churches, Castro Valley schools, and other local competitors. Some floats showcase antique cars, students from Powells Irish Dance, service dogs, motorcycles, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus to round out the show.

The event was initially started as a celebration of the opening of the Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Project in 2011, said Jaimie Orfanos, Redevelopment Manager at the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency. The Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and the Alameda County Community Development Agency, with the support of the Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce and a few local businesses and community members, decided to continue the celebration on an annual basis, with funding from Alameda County.

Since it first began, Meet in the Street has grown immensely, with an estimated attendance of about 10,000 eventgoers at last years event.

This years Meet in the Street will showcase performances and floats submitted by various local organizations and schools, as well as some signature performances. The Macys Thanksgiving Parade Dancing Christmas Trees, which are based in Alameda, perform each year in the parade. The other floats are entries. Some of the dance schools do performances as a part of their float, and sometimes the high school band comes out and performs. ABC Music also brings out some student music performers and a local band, said Orfanos.

Ribbons are given out annually to the best floats for various categories. The first place winners of the ribbons in last yearÕs event were CV High Marching Band for Best Entry Overall, Chabot Elementary for Best School Entry, MichelleÕs Dance Explosion for Best Use of Lights, and Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo for Best Musical Group. The light parade is open to all participants, and registration is free for the entry of any float. Community members can decorate their personal vehicles Ð cars, bikes, wagons, etc. Ð with lights to join in the parade.

Meet in the Street is friendly for attendees of all ages, and there are activities for children to participate in as well, such as meeting Santa Claus. Orfanos calls it Òthe signature event for Castro ValleyÓ and a fun time is sure to be had by all.

Meet in the Street
Saturday, Nov 11
3 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Castro Valley Boulevard
Between San Miguel & Redwood, Castro Valley
(510) 670-6107

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