Every year people from all over Sonoma and Marin County visit and enjoy Petaluma’s City of Lights driving tour which officially starts today. This year we have 16 home entries and 21 businesses. This self-directed tour will continue through December 29th.
On Wednesday, November 11 Petaluma held its annual Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest in northern California. People lined the parade path, waiting to cheer on the veterans and voice their support for U.S. troops.
Marching in the parade were a wide variety military units and veterans including those who served in World War II, as well as color guards, local school bands, family members of veterans, and scout troops. Parade vehicles ranged from traditional floats to fire engines, military vehicles, and antique cars. Overhead were flyovers by military aircraft and helicopters.
On the sidelines, families and other veterans saluted the troops, waved flags, and generally cheered on our veterans. American flags were waving everywhere on the parade route. Several groups had stands stocked with Christmas cards and pens so that people could write to active troops to wish them well for the holidays.
After the parade, a memorial ceremony was held at Walnut Park, during which the National Anthem and “God Bless America” were sung and prayers were said for the troops. This year’s memorial ceremony unveiled Petaluma’s Korean War monument, dedicated to three Petaluma soldiers who died in the Korean War. The unveiling and dedication was a special moment for everyone there, and especially for the loved ones of those soldiers.
CLICK HEREOR PAGE 2 BELOW TO SEE THE VIDEO FROM THIS YEAR’S VETERAN’S DAY PARADE
Did you miss the parade? Well no worries, here is the complete parade captured on photo and video by us and Petaluma Community Access. Also we put together a photo gallery of this years parade to document one of our favorites annual events that is enjoyed by thousands.
The following are video clips of the entries (more bite size videos) that are easy to share instead of having to search through one long video. We captured these on the corner of Kentucky and Washington Street. Do you see anyone you know? We will be adding more videos to this playlist over time.
CLICK ON PAGE TWO BELOW TO SEE A PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS YEARS PARADE
A local artist, Kevin Clark, received a grant from Black Rock City Arts to build Medusa Madness for this year’s Burning Man event. Clark, who is also co-owner of The Shop on Kentucky St., is known for his restaurant design and Rhino Vehicle that rolled down the streets in this year’s Butter & Egg Days Parade. His rhino vehicle will serve as the stage for the Rivertown Revival event on July 18. He assisted with previous year’s Burning Man temples in 2001 and 2002. This huge Medusa head will be located in the front of the “Key Hole” in center camp giving it high status as one of the major displays at this year’s Burning Man event. Medusa’s head will sport a cobra tiara and covered with polished-mirror finished stainless steel.
The snake heads will also be covered with mirrored finished stainless steel. The heads will breathe fire requiring over 100 gallons of propane. Their eyes will light up using 200 MRG 16 RGB LED lights. The eyes will blink and roll.
Inside of the structure will serve as an atrium for people to move about inside the structure. The entire structure will be finished in 4 to 5 weeks and will be moved to the Burning Man camp on August 22.
In our recent post, Introducing A New #Petaluma Company: YourBizFootprint.comabout a company that helps put businesses on the map, it says “It is also very important to be actively engaged with your community and have that face-to-face interaction with potential customers.” With that in mind we have the perfect opportunity for you to promote your restaurant or business to an enormous crowd of people who can become a potential customers for you in the future.
Also you never know when there may be an unexpected BONUS! Last year actor Adrian Grenier made an appearance which led to us interviewing him. This interview was read and shared by thousands on social media Positively #Petaluma Interview With Actor Adrian Grenier. Why is that important? He mentioned the restaurants in Petaluma he likes to eat at. Our site got tons of clicks on the restaurants’ websites. This is better than advertising. It’s social envy of your restaurant. Maybe your business too can score an unexpected bonus this year.
Petaluma is becoming the culinary destination (see our post Video: KRON 4 News #Petaluma a Culinary Destination). When it comes to food, beer and wine there is no better place to be than Petaluma. It’s the very reason we started a segment on our website called Petaluma Eats!This event is a culinary journey around downtown showcasing Petaluma’s finest food, beer and wine.
Here are important links for you to get involved today and take action now: