Cheerleaders, fire engines, bicycle police, electric go carts, bands, fencers, gymnasts, samba dancers, and assorted local politicians marched, danced, or rolled their way down Solano Avenue in the traditional parade that kicked off the Solano Stroll on Sunday, September 12.
It was the 36th year of the annual event. The 2010 iteration was entitled “A Global A-Faire”. The Stroll is hosted by the Solano Avenue Merchants Association.
A mile of the Avenue running through Berkeley and Albany, closed to traffic for the day, was lined with scores of booths of non-profit organizations, craft sellers, local businesses, and cultural and activity groups.
The thousands who showed up could get a slice of Zachary’s pizza, ride a ferris wheel, buy a historic postcard, or find out about the myriad community groups and causes in the area.