Fantastic Turn out for our first Great Los Altos Bike Parade
Simon Stone, a long time Los Altos resident, first started his grass-roots 4th of July parade nearly 10 years ago. Back then it consisted of child-made signs placed on street corners letting residents know when and where to gather on the morning of the 4th. The start was usually at Daggett and Stearnlee with Kari Stone leading the parade in her vintage blue mustang. My favorite memory is Simon stopping the parade so everyone could sing Happy Birthday to his elderly neighbor. So sweet and so simple. They only issue was the parade would wind its way unsafely onto Atherton.
Simon thought a good alternative was using the length of Abbeyfield and asked the city to approve the street closures. Because a parade requires 60 days notice the 4th District Council rose to the occasion and got us special dispensation. As luck would have it, while out getting the signatures required for the permit I had the good fortune to strike up a conversation with Jeri Carter. The location of her home at the intersection of Abbeyfield and Stearnlee seemed the logical choice for the end-of-parade festivities, and once she mentioned she was a professional party planner, AND willing to help, I felt I had struck gold.
The council made eye-catching flyers and we were asked to supply three engraved medallions. I missed the medal ceremony because Jeri and I were holding down the fort (and balloons) at the end of the route, but all attendees looked like winners to us as they slowly approached following Kari's mustang. Jeri out did herself with a balloon bridge, fully decorated tables and yard. Our supply of 14 dozen donuts were gone before we knew it but everyone was appreciative of our efforts. In summation, it really was a Great Los Altos Bike Parade.
Thank you to David Alpern for coordinating volunteers and stepping up to help organize our next year's event. Thank you to John Watkins for moving the barricades from Bellflower to Montair. Thanks to Kevin and Ginger Vance, the owner/operators of Taco Beach for supply and distributing ice cream. Thanks to Jamie McClaughlin who as the 4th district special events coordinator did a fantastic job (and graciously put up with me). Special thanks go to Jeri Carter for making this look so easy, but mostly I want to thank Simon Stone for starting a tradition that all of Los Altos can enjoy.
Feel free to reach out for me if you would like to be involved with next year's event and I will get you in touch with Mr. Alpern!
- Bobby, Jeri and Kathy getting ready for parade wrap-up party
Brenda from the Council Office, Michele K and Ginger Vance all done with the ice cream!
Mon and son show off their well decorated bike
Kari Stone is the leader of the pack
'Super Festive Friends' enjoying the end of parade gathering
Zane was a recognized winner but all the kids were winners with us!
How was the bike ride and the ice cream Miss Los Altos?
Now those are some beautiful Independence Day Dresses
Dan, Sheri, and Wilma Halverson win for biggest and best dog in the parade
Jeri Carter and Michele K happy the day went well
The Vlasich Family from Los Altos loved the event
Michele K and Simon Stone happy to have worked together on the event and even happier it went well. Next year's event will be even better!