Monday, December 2, 2013

America's Children's Holiday Parade- This Saturday 12/7


OAKLAND, CA -- The 14th annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, which will be telecast nationally via public television (PBS) and internationally through the American Forces Network, will be held in downtown Oakland on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The parade will march up the streets of Oakland, stepping off at 2 p.m. at 11th and Clay streets, working its way up to 14th Street and then to Broadway, where it will make a left turn and then a right on 20th Street to Lake Merritt.

This year the parade will be marching to the beat of a different drum when more than 20 high school marching bands – a whopping 3,000 band members – will be marching the parade route to help make the holiday season bright.

Other highlights will include pop artist Veronica Powers, nearly 40 children’s characters, such as Curious George, Garfield, the Berenstain Bears, Snoopy and Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, and of course Santa.

Sponsors this year include presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente as well as Visit Oakland, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, The Clorox Company, Radio Disney AM 1310 and Telemundo.

Radio Disney will also kick off the holiday tree lighting at Jack London Square on Friday, December 6, the evening before the parade. The tree lighting ceremony will also feature some of the children’s characters that will appear in the following day’s parade.

The parade was founded and is managed by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

The America’s Children’s Holiday Parade is also a holiday championship for the marching band circuit, sanctioned by the Northern California Band Association.

The parade truly is a national event, with parade items, entries and volunteers coming in from a number of different states, and from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina and Hawaii.
If you want posters for your windows, let us know. Plus, you can help spread the joy by adding this event to you company newsletters and or website.
Follow us on Twitter, @oaklandholiday and don’t forget to include the hashtag #Oakchildrensparade.
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