Sesame Street's Bob McGrath Named Grand Marshal of Oakland Holiday Parade.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob McGrath Robert Emmet "Bob" McGrath, SCM, (born July 11, 1933) is an American singer and actor who worked with Mitch Miller then went on to play the human character "Bob" on Sesame Street.
He was born in Ottawa, Illinois. , who has entertained millions of children and parents alike for 38 years as "Bob" on Sesame Street, has been named grand marshal of the Comcast Oakland Holiday Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6.
The parade, which is coined "America's Children's Parade" and contains some 90 entertaining units, will march down the streets of Oakland beginning at 2 p.m. beginning at 11th and Broadway, working its way up to 20th and Broadway, and then turning right to Lake Merritt.
This year's parade is the ninth annual, and it's already become one of only three Christmas parades in America to be broadcast nationally. This year it will be picked up by public broadcasting stations throughout the nation and in parts of Canada, as well as by stations throughout California.
It will also be broadcast by KTVU Channel 2 and by Comcast and Peralta TV stations throughout the Bay Area.
McGrath was recently inducted into the 2002 Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Last year's grand marshals, the "Raggs," five delightful singing dogs that are now being featured on public television stations throughout the country, will be back this year for a special live performance.
Live television commentary will be handled by popular comedian Mark Curry, who has been making people laugh for more than two decades, and by Claudine Wong, a reporter for the KTVU Channel 2 News. An Oakland native, Curry is most famous for his starring role in the TV hit "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. The show took place in Oakland, California. ." He also had a recurring part as Robert Soulard, Drew's boss, on "The Drew Carey Show," and was the host of Comedy Central's "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Don't Forget Your Toothbrush is a television entertainment show originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1994, and has also been adapted in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and Portugal. ."
Curry is currently the host of "Mark Curry's Hot Monday Nights," a weekly comedy show in the James Moore Theatre of the Oakland Museum of California Oakland Museum of California or Oakland Museum is a museum dedicated to the art, history, and natural science of California located in Oakland, California.
Opened in 1969, the museum's architecture, designed by Kevin Roche, is a three-tiered blend of galleries, . Now running every Monday night, the show features some of the area's best comics.
The event will feature numerous high school marching bands (most of which march 80-140 members or more), almost 40 children's favorite cartoon and storybook sto·ry·book
A book containing a collection of stories, usually for children.
Occurring in or resembling the style or content of a storybook: storybook characters; a storybook romance. characters, giant balloons, colorful floats, and Santa Claus himself.
Last year more than 100,000 spectators lined the streets of Oakland to view the parade, which featured:
* Children's characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Groovy groov·y
adj. groov·i·er, groov·i·est Slang
Very pleasing; wonderful.
groovi·ness n. Girls, Curious George, Madeline, Winnie the Pooh, and Six Flags stars Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Tazmanian Devil.
* 20'-50' inflatable balloons hovering along the one-mile parade route, including Arthur and Hello Kitty.
* A 25-member clown brigade consisting of local business executives.
* Several beautiful floats
The Comcast America's Children's Parade is also a holiday championship for the marching band circuit, sanctioned by the Northern California Band Association. Among the bands that will participate are the Fairfield Scarlet Brigade with 150 members, Napa High School, the Pittsburg High School Pittsburg High School may refer to:
The parade truly is a national event, with parade items, entries and volunteers coming in from ten different states, and from as far away as New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. and Florida.