Local scouts helped lead the way in the city's last 'Community Day Parade, in 2009. A new version of the annual event will come back on Oct. 1. (News-Ledger photo)
From the News-Ledger Aug. 3, 2011
West Sacramento’s annual “Community Day Parade” and “Neighbors Fair” took a break during 2010 because funding and support were scarce in these tough economic times..
But they’re back.
A version of the parade and fair will return this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, along Merkley and West Capitol avenues near city hall.
“The parade will be essentially the same, but with a different route,” said one of the organizers, Yaminah Bailey. “And it will be a street-style fair. In earlier years, it had been on the riverfront.”
Bailey is a co-coordinator of the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalation. The group oversees the “Sactown Heroes” local young people who have volunteered at prior parades, and will volunteer again in 2011.
Helping to sponsor the event is a local literacy coalition, which is “a coalition of different groups that provide nonprofit literacy services,” said Gabrielle Callison of the local library system. “We plan to have a multicultural event.”
The parade was formerly known as West Sacramento’s “Community Day Parade.”
This year, the combined events will be called the “Multicultural Neighbors Fair and Parade.”
The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Merkley Avenue, and pass a judges’ stand in front of city hall. At noon, the fair will kick off across the street, on the site behind Walgreens that is currently used for a weekly Thursday night farmers’ market.
Volunteers are needed for all kinds of duties, said Callison.
“We need people for basic things like making sure the trash cans aren’t overflowing, helping vendors set up, helping with call backs – everything,” she said.
What sort of turnout is expected for the parade grounds and fair?
“I’m pretty hopeful we’ll have a great turnout,” answered Bailey.
For information, visit www.westsacmulticultural-fair.com.
To volunteer, call 375-6469, or show up at an organizational meeting from 9-11 a.m. at the library (1212 Merkley Avenue) on Wed., Aug. 10.