Parade applications for the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Fourth of July parade are being accepted now through midnight June 23. The parade starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Danville.
The theme of the 2014 Fourth of July parade is "Celebrating Our American Freedom".
The Kiwanis Club expects about 125 entries in 15 different categories: parade theme, animal, auto special interest or antique, band, church, community service, dance/theatrical, float, marching unit, neighborhood/HOA, novelty-comic group, retail business, scout unit, service business and sports team. Every participant will receive a ribbon with the Kiwanis Club information, the theme and the date.
Sponsorships are still available, and Kiwanis donates 100% of the net proceeds of the sponsorships to local community nonprofits through the SRV Kiwanis Foundation Grants program.
Submit parade or sponsorship entry forms on the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon's website.
In addition, the parade is set to have two Grand Marshals:
* Art Gaskin, a local World War II veteran, who was an armored officer with the 2nd and 13th Armored divisions during WWII. He also served in the armies of occupation in Germany and Japan.
* Noah Bailey, a SPC with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a Scout Sniper platoon as a designated marksman and gunner in Afghanistan. He was severely injured when the vehicle he was in took a direct hit from an IED.
The Fourth of July parade usually attracts between 35,000 to 40,000 attendees from the community, as well as residents from areas beyond Danville.