I attended the 2014 Livermore Christmas Parade in Livermore CA. It was Saturday, December 6th from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Parade goers lined the curbs and sidewalks of First Street as many unfolded their own chairs and waited to watch local participants, mostly Livermore and Pleasanton organizations, parade their own floats downtown on First Street. One of the earlier local entries, Livermore Sanitation, donned one of their new, huge trucks with Christmas lights. Right in front if it, wheeled a very cute, miniature Livermore Sanitation garbage truck complete with its fully operational fork lift. It must have been a remote controlled community promo vehicle of some kind. My son and his sidekick, much more interested in the Livermore parade at this point, edged their way closer to the action and anticipated what would come next. LPFD Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department did not disappoint. Not only did they show off the big red truck shortly after, (always a kid pleaser) but another one of the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department's engines, with the rear steering cab, was later used to introduce Old Saint Nick at the end of the Parade, a Christmas Day Parade tradition. While eating some local food, as many shops were glad to stay open to accommodate, I enjoyed the rest of the Livermore Parade and Christmas Tree lighting. I would have liked to see a Jeff Pereyda-Coldwell Banker-real estate agent http://www.tricityhome.com float in the Livermore Christmas Parade. I am currently in the top 10 in my office, but this was other's and Santa's big scene.
Skipping to the end of the event, Santa came through and was proudly waving to the crowd young and old from the back of the big Livermore Pleasanton fire engine. Local news stations had their cameras ready to capture the local visit and Santa's initiation of lighting the Livermore Christmas tree. But not to be out done, parade goers also lit up the night skyscape. Dotted with glowing handheld device screens held as high as arms could reach, the crowd itself was decorated while all electronic eyes were focused on the big man, and capturing memories. All in all, a great turnout to a Livermore tradition. Until next year.
by Jeff Pereyda
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