PHOTOS: Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade Marches Down the Boulevard

The 92nd annual parade travels down Castro Valley Bouelvard despite ongoing construction work.

Not even a torn up thoroughfare could dampen spirits when it came to this year's .

This year's parade route was shorter than usual, but longer than last year's.

Neighbors sat on either side of Castro Valley Boulevard, waving American flags and enjoying the sights and sounds of several floats and entries in the parade.

Take in some some of the festivities yourself in the photo gallery above.

Captured some great photos of your own from the parade? Upload them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.

Listed below are the results of the parade:


The Dale Yearian Memorial Equestrian Sweepstakes — Alameda County Sheriff’s Posse


Working Western Open

First — Caleb Archer and Mary Howe

Mounted Group Open

First — Randi’s Lucky Hearts Cowgirls

Second — Rancho El Afortunado

Parade Horse

First — Miss Livermore Rodeo Queen

Sheriff’s Possee

First — Alameda County Sheriff’s Posse

Horse/Pony Drawn Vehicle

First — Art and Essay Contest Winners

Second — Rowell Ranch Rodeo Board


Non-Equestrian Sweepstakes

East Castro Valley Pumpkin Growers Floats


First — East Castro Valley Pumpkins Growers

Second — Palomares 4-H

Third — Rowell Ranch Jr Rodeo    

Student Float                                                                                   

First — Little Red Schoolhouse

Second —

Commercial Float

First —  

Second —

Third —

Musical Units

High School Bands

First — The Pride of Hayward High School Marching Band

Second — Trojans Marching Band

Musical Units Mobile

First — Redwood Christian Middle School Elementary, Middle and High School Brass Band

Visual Units                                                                         

Drill Team - Open

First — Chinese Christian Schools Rifle Team

Color Guard - Open

First — VFW Post 9601

Second — Chinese Christian Schools

Third — Naval Sea Cadets

ID Unit - Open

First — Cub Scout Pack 722


Antique and Classic Cars and Trucks

First — Shamrock Realtors

Second — Dwight and Barbara Perry

Third — Tony and Kathy Lloyd

Antique Military Vehicle

First — John Tounger

Second — 1945 Willys Army Jeep

Third — Harold Warren


Novelty Senior (14 years and over)

First — Bold and Beautiful Red Hat Society

Novelty Junior (12 years and under)

First — Powell’s Irish Dancers

Clowns (Group)

First — Family of Clowns

Community Miscellaneous

First — Relay for Life

Second — Vacation Bible School

Third — Rainbow Girls

Miscellaneous Sports

First — Castro Valley Little League

Second — Castro Valley Independent Sports League

Third — San Lorenzo Junior Rebels Football and Cheer Group

Bruce Johnson May 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Saturday's parade was another great example of what makes Castro Valley such a wonderful community to call "home" as our local heroes, veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, were honored as the parade's Grand Marshals, including 101-year-old Jack Faust, John Tounger, Harold Warren, members of the VFW and American Legion. A beautiful day where everyone celebrated our freedoms together not forgetting that those freedoms are purchased at great cost. We are so blessed and the parade helped remind each one of us of that fact. God Bless America!
Ron May 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I think Castro Valley has one of the best community parades in the whole bay area! We need more activities like this to help promote what America is really all about in our communities. It is a touch with reality in a very positive way. Thanks!
Billy Bradford May 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Castro Valley Pride was proud to be a part of the parade this year, and we look forward to next year! Big thanks to everyone involved who worked so hard to make it a success!
Tim Marona May 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Tim There were six photos shown and 2 were of the gay pride people, This represents 33% of all photos and I have to ask why? Could it be that you have a bias and want to show that this lifestyle is wonderful in castro valley. Shame on you as this does not represent the true spirit of castro valley.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Tim, there's actually 26 photos in the gallery. If you use the arrows at the bottom (where the six thumbnails are shown), you can scroll through all other photos.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Thanks for adding those photos, Billy. As stated in the text of this posting.. anyone can upload their photos directly into the gallery. I suggest you add your own as well, Tim, to show your view of the "true spirit of Castro Valley."
Ron May 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Actually, there were apparently 26 photos published for the whole parade article, but only the six seen on the lead were easily visible and could give the impression that they were the only photos published. I didn't look at the photos closely, but rather responded to Bruce's comments about local heros and our veterans. The author A J Flores provided 24 of the photos and Billy Bradford provided two. Not knowing all of those involved in the parade, how well did the current photos properly represent those who attended/participated in the parade? Where were the photos of our local heros, veterans and other class winners/participants? Or, for example, why is Senator Corbett's photo in the story, but not the other candidates running for office in the area? The word "fair" is used by our local politicians all the time, but only when it suits them. The PATCH has been known to publish biased photos/stories in the past. Maybe others will submit more photos (as requested by the author) and we'll see more of those who attended/participated.
Jason Discher May 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
First off, great article. My daughter and I missed the parade, so it was nice to be able to at least see the pictures and get her fired up to go next year. I was really proud to see the Gay pride photo's because they represented how far this community has come in the last 41 years I've been here. Sure, there is still work to be done on that front. I think we can all read between the lines on the cries of "bias" on an article that allows anyone to upload their pictures from the event. Anyway, great article and I really appreciate the Patch and the local stories it provides. Thanks!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Appreciate it, Jason. I'm sorry you guys missed it this year. I too was unable to attend so I made sure we got a photographer out there. Here's looking at next year's — with hopefully a completed Boulevard! :)
Joyce Tavares May 14, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Great article...glad to see the diversity and loved ALL the photos. Hope people don't think that the negative responses reflect the opinions of the majority. What a great parade for Castro Valley...
Thomas Dooher May 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
It's Troop 708 that scoops the poop at the parade. :)
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Everyone has opinions and they are more than welcome to voice them here.. positive or negative.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Ah, will correct this right now. Thanks.
Tim Marona May 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You are missing the point completly. The 6 photos in question were the headline/feature to all the rest. You chose to have back to back gay pride phots while not showing anything for our veterans, community groups or even the Redeo Queen. Hence the bias claim. You need to be more thoughtful in the news presented and respect all the views of castro valley residents.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Shout out to Krista and Michael for sharing more photos! Fantastic shots, guys :)
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Well, Tim, the CV Pride photos were back-to-back simply because that was the order in which these photos were uploaded to the site. You will also notice that VFW Post 9601 (our local veterans group) has a few photos in here as well. We try to get as much of a wide perspective as possible but also rely on the community to share their own by including whatever photos they'd like as well (as all perspectives are different).
Mac McCarthy May 16, 2012 at 04:27 AM
The Castro Valley Band was *really* good -- not a bunch of amateurs but a real professional outfit. I was blown away! Go go go!


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