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San Jose’s Veterans Day Parade ready to roll on Monday: Pizarro

One of San Jose’s oldest traditions returns Monday with the annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown San Jose. The celebration, of course, originally commemorated the end of World War I in 1918 and a year later became a day of nationwide tribute to those serving — past and present — in our armed forces.

San Jose’s event, organized by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County, begins with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez before a procession of nearly 100 units starts marching, rolling and riding its way at noon along Santa Clara Street from Highway 87 east to Market Street. Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregory F. Jones, current commander of the California Air National Guard and a previous commander of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field, is serving as grand marshal this year.

You can count on marching bands, community groups, horses, military tributes and as many veterans and elected officials as you can fit on the backs of convertibles to take part in the parade. Mike Hennessy of the Car Guy Channel and Hot San Jose Nights put out the call to all of his car buddies to take part, and he says to expect more than 50 Corvettes, Ford Thunderbirds and vintage vehicles along for the ride.

The whole parade takes about two hours from start to finish, which — if you’re not among the thousands lining the sidewalks to watch — means you might want to watch out for closed streets in the downtown area. You can get more parade information at the United Veterans Council website, www.uvcscc.org.

NAMING RIGHTS: Bay Area-based playwright and activist lawyer Irma Herrera brings her one-woman show, “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?,” to downtown San Jose’s MACLA gallery on Nov. 15-16. Herrera’s show, which earned raves in San Francisco and Berkeley, weaves together humor and history and will likely have the audience questioning their own assumptions before it’s done.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $20 ($10 for students) in advance at maclaarte.org or $25 and $15 at the door. MACLA is at 510 S. First St., and for the record it’s pronounced EAR-ma, not UR-ma, but she’ll tell you that right from the start.

A FUNNY KIND OF MAGIC: Phil Ackerly will be back at Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale on Nov. 13 for his fifth annual Comedy & Magic Show to support South Bay Blue Star Moms, which uses proceeds from the show to send care packages to military personnel for the holidays.

“I created this event to bring awareness to the South Bay Blue Star Moms,” said Ackerly, who adds that the shows have raised more than $10,000. “My wife and I have a son in the Air Force, so I know how much it means to our military men and women to receive a box of essentials and a few ‘goodies’ from home while they are deployed overseas.”

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