Uncle Sam, Mike Barnaba, participates in the ninth annual Rose, White and Blue parade, on The Alameda in San Jose in 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)
Last year, I had the privilege of riding in the Rose, White & Blue July 4 parade through San Jose’s Rose Garden and Shasta-Hanchett neighborhoods. I saw a ton of people along the route, didn’t fall off the back of the Oldmosbile convertible I was riding in, and generally had a great time.
The one drawback to riding in a parade, though, is you don’t get to watch it. So I’m looking forward to enjoying this year’s 10th annual parade Tuesday morning as a spectator, along with about 35,000 other people.
The parade was started by The Alameda Business Association as a way to draw attention to the street’s merchants and restaurants, and it has grown every year into a tradition that has stretched well beyond its original neighborhood boundaries. There have been growing pains along the way, but the parade provided a way for San Joseans to celebrate the Fourth during the years when there were no downtown fireworks. And now it’s the perfect daytime complement to Tuesday night’s pyrotechnics (wherever you may enjoy them … legally).
Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which departs from Lincoln High School on Dana Avenue at 10 a.m. It’ll take all the cars, bikes, marchers and floats about two hours to wind their way to the end at Westminster Presbyterian Church on The Alameda. At the festival following the parade, Michael Barnaba will take care of MC duties as Uncle Sam, and Big Mike and the Hartbeats will provide the tunes. There will be food trucks, and wine and beer tasting, too.
You can get more information on the parade at www.rwbsj.org.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO JOKE: How about those San Jose Snarks? The hometown team of improv players took the title at this year’s ComedySportz World Championships, which wrapped up Saturday night at the Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose.
In front of a nearly packed house, San Jose’s team took out ComedySportz Houston by a tight score of 30-29 in the finals. It was, of course, a team win, but a round of applause is due to San Jose’s Scott Schroder, who killed it in a game called Blitzkrieg — sort of like charades, but with the other players speaking gibberish.
San Jose also won the comedy crown in 2006, which also was the last time the city hosted the world championships. Either that’s a big coincidence, or we’re just a terrible road team.
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR JESUIT LEADER: The Rev. Peter Pabst has spent the past 27 years as a Jesuit school administrator, but he’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School. Pabst underwent a bone-marrow transplant 19 months ago, but returned to the school last year.
“I feel well but have come to realize that my energy level is not what it was and it has become clear to me that I need to make a change for myself and for Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School,” Pabst said in an email to the Cristo Rey community.
Matt Bell will serve as interim president until a search for a replacement is completed, and Pabst won’t be that far away as the Jesuit leadership has appointed him the school’s chancellor. The coming school year will be Cristo Rey’s first with four high school grades, and it will conduct its first graduation next spring.