Orinda’s Fourth of July parade – cancelled last year for obvious reasons – is on track to return this year following approval by their City Council.
The council voted by a 3 to 2 margin to restore its downtown parade, historically a draw for 2,000 to 3,000 people on Independence Days past, with full adherence to county health department guidelines expected to be updated June 15.
Organizers, who are asking participants to wear a mask to their event, said this year’s parade will kick off at 11 a.m. – an hour later than usual in order to accommodate religious services held that Sunday.
Details have yet to be finalized as much hinges on finalized health orders expected to be issued on June 15, but plans are underway for music, food, outdoor dining and march participation.
Organizers said they will encourage participants to stay 5-6 feet apart during the celebration, advising local swim clubs and other potential marchers to enter a representative convertible and have club members walk alongside rather than group atop a flatbed as they have in past years.
With its approval Tuesday, the council authorized closure of part of Moraga Way, Brookwood Road, Camino Diablo, Santa Maria way and Orinda Way from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4. Mayor Amy Worth and Council Member Inga Miller cast the dissenting votes.
Orinda becomes one of the few towns or cities in the East Bay to hold its parade with most neighboring communities choosing to cancel for a second year.