Break out the red, white and blue to celebrate a long-standing Piedmont tradition -- the annual Fourth of July parade in its 47th year.

This year's theme is "Stars and Stripes Forever," featuring an array of old-time cars, men in kilts playing bagpipes, a double-decker bus and stylish homemade floats competing for blue ribbons.

Piedmont and county officials will roll down Highland Avenue in an assortment of classic cars. Mayor John Chiang and his wife Maggie will ride in a 1940 Buick.

Grand marshals Mark and Cathy Glazier's ride will be a 1906 Locomobile.

Councilwoman Margaret Fujioka and her husband Cedric Chao will parade past the crowd of thousands in a 1948 Willys Jeepster, while Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will be transported in a 1953 Ford.

Fujioka always enjoys the parade with her family.

"Besides being the most fun and entertaining event of the year, the parade is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of the independence and freedom we are so lucky to enjoy in this great country," she said.

Vintage car afficionados from all over the Bay Area will roll down Highland showing off their horseless carriages -- a 1908 Reo, a 1912 Ford delivery car, a 1913 Cadillac and a 1915 Studebaker, among others.

Music will abound as the Barrelhouse Jazz Band, Zenith Jazz Band, Piedmont Community Band, Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums and Piedmont Highlanders Drums and Pipes march to the beat. The East Bay Community Samba Band will provide some extra spice.

Children will delight to the Critters by the Bay, Oakland Zoomobile, Bay Area Derby Girls on Skates and Fairyland Children's Theater entries. The Balloon Platoon promises to bring a chuckle as well as the Cub Scout kazoo band.

Other community groups such as the Blue Star Moms, League of Women Voters, Piedmont Education Foundation and Piedmont-Montclair Rotary will be represented.

The parade is followed by picnicking in Piedmont Park to the music of the Big Bang Beat. Blue ribbons in a variety of categories will be awarded to parade entrants.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Piedmont Fourth
of July parade
WHERE: Start at Park Way down Highland Avenue, Piedmont
WHEN: 11 a.m. July 4
COST: Free