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This year we are excited to lift up public transportation and honor a local pioneer in public transportation Supervisor Dave Cortese.
Supervisor Dave Cortese was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as Board President. Prior to joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor, as well as eight years as a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District.
Cortese grew up in East San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations. He is married to Pattie, an East Side Union High School District Board Member, and has four children. His strong local roots and love for Santa Clara County fuel his passion for public service.
Cortese was educated at Bellarmine College Prep and UC Davis where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Lincoln University Law School in San Jose.
He is a member and immediate past president of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, sits on the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Executive Board, the National Association of Counties’ Transportation Steering Committee, and is an alternate on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
On the Board of Supervisors, Cortese serves as Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee and Vice Chair of Children, Seniors and Families Committee. As Board President, he has brought the community together to end homelessness, reform the County’s Custody Operations and fight for the rights of immigrants.
The Rose, White, and Blue parade is now in its 10 year and we are set to have the best parade ever!
In celebration of our tenth anniversary, and to raise the needed money to run to produce this parade, we are holding our First Annual Taste of the Alameda. Highlighting local Restaurants, beer from Whole Foods, and Wine from Coterie Cellars, this will be an exciting event building community and supporting a good cause.
In addition to the food, wine and beer, there will be live music from Big Mike & the HartBeats -the sound of the Rose, White, and Blue parade
We will also have a live and silent auction featuring product from local artisans, interesting excursions, sports memorabilia, restaurant gift card, gym memberships, and much more!
This event is being hosted by District 6 Councilmember Dev Davis, Mike Hennessy Productions, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
So come, support your local parade, get to know your neighbors and your community, and maybe come home with the find of a lifetime!
The Rose White and Blue Parade is a registered 501c3.
Big Mike & the HartBeats
For the second year in a row we are inviting back the fabulous Big Mike and the Hartbeats. With a thirteen-piece band: with five horn players, five rhythm players and three vocalists, they are always impressive! Playing a mixture of pop, rock and swing hits from the 60’s to the present there will be something for everyone. So come, enjoy and have a great time!
Anthem singers Take Two: Mike Hugill and Teri Barnett
We are also pleased to welcome back Take Two as our anthem singers. Mike is a resident of our community and has become known for his stage performances. This will be a special treat for all who come!
Everyone loves a Parade and you are invited to join in!
We’re proud to bring you this year’s Rose, White and Blue 4th of July Parade! We are pulling out all the stops to make this memorable for our 10th anniversary!
Last year we had 115 groups and over 2,000 people in the Parade! Over 30,000 spectators lined the streets in Rose Garden area and along The Alameda in San Jose to see this great Parade! Be sure to bring your family and friends!
4th of July 2017 Parade starts at 10am, with Live Music and good things to eat at the Festival after the Parade!
Mike Hennessy: 25 year’s experience in media and community events, has been with the parade for 6 years!
Dave Thomas: 35 parade management and float building, has been with the parade for 10 years!
Dan Mountsier: Local contractor, served on the RWB Board for 5 years
Liz Holtz: Media Specialist, served on the RWB Board for 3 years
Bryan Franzen: Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, served on the RWB Board for 5 years