ALAMEDA -- Residents can still don red-white-and-blue and step onto the Island's streets for the Mayor's Fourth of July Parade this summer. But those hoping to attend the annual "Jumpin' and Jivin' Jubilee" after the parade will need to make other plans.

City officials have decided not to hold the jubilee this year due to dwindling attendance and fewer sponsors.

"It was getting a little stale," said Amy Woolridge, director of the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

More and more people are also attending family barbecues and other events after the parade instead of visiting the jubilee at Rittler Park at Otis Drive and Grand Street, she said. The jubilee usually features live music, food, crafts and games.

Along with the Recreation and Park Department, Alameda Municipal Power, the city's Public Works Department and other agencies tradionally sponsor the event.

Input from city officials was gathered before the decision, Woolridge said.

The Mayor's Fourth of July Parade -- which is not affected by the decision and will take place this year -- is the second largest and longest Independence Day parade in the nation. More than 170 floats and 2,500 participants travel the three mile route of the parade, which annually attracts up to 20,000 spectators.



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