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Fourth of July parade
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by Fran Hirst, another community,
on Jul 4, 2009
I live in Pleasanton and attended the Danville Fourth of July parade for the first time today, with my visiting grandsons. We thought we were lucky to have been able to get "front row seats" even though we only arrived about 1/2 hour ahead of time. We enjoyed the atmosphere before the parade started and I thought it was a great parade for about the first 1/2 hour. A few of the parade participants were throwing out candy, and our grandsons and some of the other kids sitting nearby were gathering up these goodies. But then more and more kids kept running up to get these things. At first they would sit on the ground in front of us, but then the frequency of the handouts was so great that they didn't bother to sit, they just stood in front of us. Some kids actually had collection bags as if it were Halloween. As they would rush up to get candy we would pull our chairs up a little bit in hopes that they wouldn't have room to stand in front of us. It didn't work. Eventually there were so many kids there that we could barely see the parade. I have been to the Rose parade and to other parades where policemen or parade officials will periodically come by and make any people who are out into the street move back. We saw several policemen walk by today but they did no such thing. After about an hour and a half we gave up and left without seeing the rest of the parade. As well meaning as this practice of throwing out candy might be, I think it should be discontinued, as it definitely detracts from the enjoyment of those of us actually interested in looking at the parade entrants. Or, perhaps parade officials could do a better job of not allowing standees out into the street in front of people sitting in chairs.