Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade

Alameda loves to party. And the biggest event of the year is only days away.

Floats, horseback riding teams, a color guard and all the other entries needed for a patriotic display will march through the town when the 39th annual Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Billed as the second-longest Independence Day parade in the nation, the event is a tradition that the Island shares with the entire Bay Area. An estimated 50,000 spectators are expected to line the streets, either standing or sitting in chairs set up in advance along the parade route.