Rusanowsky and Sharkie will participate in the parade that starts at 10 a.m. on the corner of Shasta and Martin Avenues, winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood, and ends at the intersection of The Alameda and Pershing Avenue. After the parade, Rusanowsky will speak at the picnic on the Alameda that goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Rose, White and Blue parade is a revival of the historic Carnival of Roses that took place in 1896 and was later known as the Fiesta de La Rosas in the 1920s. The old-fashioned family parade features motorcycles, floats, fire trucks, classic cars and kid-decorated bikes.
Rusanowsky has been the “Voice of the Sharks” on 98.5/102.1 KFOX (KUFX-FM) and the Sharks Radio Network since the team debuted in 1991. A 31-year veteran of hockey broadcasting at all levels, Rusanowsky is one of the club’s most recognizable figures, both on-and-off the ice. He’s responsible for producing all radio broadcasts, directs and administers the multi-station Sharks Radio Network (which provides coverage of all games for hockey fans in Northern California and parts of Nevada and Oregon) and oversees the relationship with KFOX. The Shark’s 2011-12 season opener against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, October 8, 2011 will be Rusanowksy’s 1,500th regular season broadcast.
A consistent and familiar presence at every Sharks game, mascot S.J. Sharkie has the enviable task of entertaining a sold out crowd at “The Tank” night in and night out, performing a variety of exciting death-defying stunts and acts. Since his NHL debut in January 1992, Sharkie has become one of the most recognized mascots in the universe. He’s a highly respected figure both inside and outside of HP Pavilion and throughout the hockey community.
For additional information on the parade and its history, please visit the parade website at http://www.rosewhiteblueparade.com. Also, for a more detailed schedule of this year’s parade with an application for children to participate in the parade on their bikes, trikes or wagons visit http://rosewhiteblueparade.eventbrite.com/