San Jose Parade Needs a Hero

It has balloons, famous faces, floats and musical acts.

San Jose's annual Holiday Parade is in the books. The streets of downtown San Jose will reopen. The crowd rope lines are down.

Many are worried that Sunday's event might be the last one for the South Bay.  Budget worries has city leaders talking about not doing it again next year unless they get a new and wealthy sponsor to help cover the cost.

The San Jose Holiday Parade is recognized as one of the top 25 parades in the United States.  It has 19 bands, 14 floats, 10 balloons and a handful of musical performances.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a must see for anyone wanting to get in the holiday spirit while the turkey is in the oven,  but for many, the Holiday parade in San Jose is close rival.

Like the Big Apple, San Jose's parade has huge aerial balloon, floats, dance numbers and famous faces along the route.  This year was the 29th annual parade for San Jose. The theme was "Toys, Treasures and Traditions" and had another star-studded line-up of special guests who entertained folks of all ages.

If you haven't seen it before, the parade is a lot like a show.  It kicks-off with a musical performance.  This year it was the team from the Broadway show Hairspray.

For the first time Raj Mathai played host for the television audience alongside Jessica Aguirre.  The honorary Marshall's were members of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.  

A forecast of rain held off Sunday during the parade hours.  The event was enjoyed by tens of thousands of people on the streets of San Jose under sunny skies.

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