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Thousands of people enjoyed the festive and fun tradition of Alameda Mayor's July 4th Parade. Top left, spectator Katie Menrath, who moved from Alaska to Alameda, sports patriotic glasses. Top center, a charro or Mexican cowboy and his horse make some tricks. Top right, vintage military vehicles travel the parade route. Above, Benjamin James, left, and his wife Ellen and their 15-month-old daughter Ruby participate in the parade. For more photos, see Page

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Benjamin James, left, and his wife Ellen and their 15-month-old daughter Ruby take part in the Alameda Mayor’s July 4th Parade on Park Street in
Benjamin James, left, and his wife Ellen and their 15-month-old daughter Ruby take part in the Alameda Mayor's July 4th Parade on Park Street in Alameda, Calif., on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)


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