Christina Phan Janet Lee Features San Jose Holiday Parade 325 Words The 27th annual San Jose Holiday Parade, “Timeless Holiday,” was held on December 7, 2008. This timehonored tradition ushered in the holiday season with festive floats, giant cartoon balloons, and enthusiastic bayarea highschool marching bands, including the Milpitas High School Band and Color guard. The San Jose Holiday Parade is considered “One of the Top 25 Parades in America,” according to the International Festivals and Events Association. The parade featured professionally made floats, giant helium balloons, music and dance units, drill teams, and special guest celebrities, such as Miss USA Crystal Stewart and the dance group Supreme Soul. The Asian Media Club, Interact Club, and Leo Club were among the MHS student organizations that volunteered at the celebration. Senior Joanne Andrada, who volunteered with the Asian Media Club, served as a unit liason. “We walked with the floats,” she said. “It was pretty fun because we got to watch the parade while we were walking and we got to be a part of the parade.” The parade was covered by NBC news and radio stations such as Star 101, Kiss FM, and 104.9 FM. The parade route wrapped around Downtown San Jose, starting from Santa Clara Street and Delmas Avenue and ending at San Carlos Street. On the way, the parade entertained thousands of viewers who had come out of their homes and lined up on the sidewalks to watch. Junior Matias Espinoza, a volunteer with the Interact Club, helped as a balloonhandler. “[I volunteered in the San Jose Holiday Parade because] friends were going and I also wanted to be on TV.” Espinoza said. “My favorite part was carrying the Hello Kitty balloon. I hate Hello Kitty, but it was fun listening to directions and walking with it.” Overall, the parade led by example in setting the mood for the holidays. With the attendance at approximately 125,000 people this year, the San Jose Holiday Parade proved an effective kick off for this year’s Christmas celebration.