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A Critique of the Danville Parade

Original post made by Simply Sterling, San Ramon, on Jul 26, 2013

This month we celebrated the 4th of July, our Independence Day. I have always enjoyed this holiday but looking back, this last 4th of July was different and not as wonderful as some in the past.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Jul 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

I am the first to comment: Hard to believe. This is what I consider donning a hat of negativity. May as well ban the entire parade if someone falls off a float, blame it on the parade, why not. In fact it has gotten so much more crowded, the crowds are hard to manage and the police have to pay overtime wages... Start charging the participants, the attendees. Based on your time frame that you participated as an float person, the parade could be viewed as lousy back then too. Let's group it all together, and since you were a part of it you belonged to lousy too. Lousy, lousy, lousy. People were squirting water... oh boo hoo...Shame on you. There were all these people on the parade street. Well missy, have you ever tried to walk the sidewalks at that time...good luck. And how about your umbrella, we should ban those too, since they are objects that get in the way of sight lines... did you ever think of that. And since I am sure you are so judgmental, your chairs were placed after 6PM the night before, but did you call on the police to ticket all the other early birds, or at least hire a truck to remove them all?
Guess what, there are many people that still look positively at the parade. You have been around the area way too long, how about moving someplace else so you can once again look upon events with wonder and respect.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

I totally agree with Simply Sterling...but I would give it a C-.

I left early as did many others. This year it just didn't cut it.

And JT...if you enjoyed this years parade you must be one of those yuppie that just want to be seen hot, sweaty and yes bored.

Thanks for listening...Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Girl
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

SS you're one of the reasons i don't go to the parade anymore. Camping out with your chairs (the night before ugh!). The parade is for everybody, not just you're big family! You'd never make it at a parade in New York City!

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Posted by McCurdgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

Personally, I have never understood the attraction of parades. Any parades. Pols in cars? Geezers with guns? Horses? It all just brings up one question: why?

What are we doing, here? What is really being celebrated -- and if that's July 4th(!), then what's the link of that to the geezers, some of whom were not yet born in 1776? If we're all going to get together, couldn't it be for an actual cause, or at least an event that gets people talking to each other, in community?

I know the parade is popular, so I am in the minority here -- and I'll also admit that New Year's Eve leaves me cold as an excuse to act the fool. But would someone/anyone please enlighten me about parades?

Thankee kindly!

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Some of the criticisms in the original article are somewhat valid, but what the heck, it's a small town parade, and shouldn't be taken too seriously. It's actually very much like the 4th of July parade at the town in Illinois that I grew up in, and as an old Midwesterner it makes me feel right at home.

Actually, back in Illinois we didn't have anything quite like the shotgun brigade (I can never remember the official name of the group), and they're always a highlight of the Danville parade. You can certainly hear them coming from a long ways off, so there's plenty of time to leave if they're going to be too loud.

Another local parade that's a lot of fun is Livermore's Rodeo parade, which is also mid-summer. More horses and rodeo-theme entrants, and therefore more of a western vibe.

In the words of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (the latter was the lyricist, I think), "I love a parade!" Even small town ones without professional stage values....

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Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Can't say I bothered to do more than scan the above diatribe but I can say that I did enjoy this years parade, as many before it, and I'll look forward to many more, whether or no the formation lawnmower and shopping carts manage to make it.

I've only participated in a couple, (both times with kids), but that was enough for me to appreciate the hard work and perspiration that goes into many of the entries...

So I'd just like to take this opportunity to send a big thank you to the organizers and participants, (and also to the spectators who are almost the best part).