Oakland Holiday Parade 2008

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?

2 thoughts on “Oakland Holiday Parade 2008

  1. Sharon

    “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.”

    That’s what I’m used to, too, and this is something they need to do! Maybe they don’t know that’s what they are supposed to do. I hope it’s not because they don’t care about us.

    By the way, I let the education reporter at the Oakland Tribune know that the ONLY high school marching band in Oakland, the Skyline High School Titans, would be marching in the parade. She wrote a nice piece about them for today’s paper.

    One parent I know said that she heard that the parade might be eliminated next year because of the budget problems. I hope that doesn’t happen because there are a lot of folks who enjoy taking their kids to the parade, especially because it doesn’t cost money.

    Also, I ended up having a great conversation with marching band folks from Pittsburg, CA. They are a big, active band that does a lot of parades, bowl games and other events. One woman told me that the Holiday Parade organizer, Ray Pulver, is the best one they’ve experienced. She thought it would be a shame for the parade to be d/c’ed because he’s so easy to work with and organized.

    I hope this is just a false rumor, but considering the times, it might be true. I think I’ll write some letters to the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Parade supporters unite!