Yesterday’s holiday parade was a great time, as always. Pictures below.
I’d like to draw your attention to one photo in particular:
Perhaps you’re wondering why I put a picture of the City of Newark’s fancy and elaborate float in my slideshow instead of a picture of the City of Oakland float. Well, that’s because THERE WASN’T ONE!!! That’s right, the City of Oakland can’t even get it together to put a float representing our city in our very own holiday parade! Last year’s parade at least had a float representing the Office of the City Administrator, even if it was kind of pathetically empty.
This is something that’s bothered me since the first year I moved to Oakland. Where I come from, all the local politicians appear in all the parades, riding along in convertibles and waving and wearing sashes with their titles. I’ve never understood why we don’t do that. Shouldn’t we be sending the message to our youth that a City Councilmember or the Mayor is as worthy of note and excitement as Miss Asian Oakland? Or Twinky Winky? Or the Raider girls?