Small Town Celebration
The town's antique fire truck follows the color guard opening the parade (we do have a few modern ones as well).
Old time buggy, sponsored by the clinic where I work. It is traditional for people on the floats to throw candy to the crowd... keeping the children busy trying to gather it all up.
Smokey the Bear waves from the back of one of the Forest Service trucks, accompanied by a handler - Smokey cannot speak, being a bear, and always has someone interpreting for him when he meets the public.
Smoothieville's staff do the hula on their float, complete with inflatable palm tree.
Staff from the grocery passes out free water to the watching crowd.
Since our town is so small, the parade is pretty short. There just aren't that many businesses and community organizations to put together parade floats. Therefore,
the parade has turned around and is coming back for its second pass through town. Following behind the end of the parade, Downieville Grocery owners Dan and Ingrid offered up "Sierra County Fire-less Works", unrolling two 100 foot rolls of bubble wrap, with people following behind them, stomping and replicating the sound of dozens of firecrackers - a great idea in our forest, where fire danger grows by the day each summer.
Once things settle down from the parade, there are rides on the fire truck, BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs sold by the Lions Club, a crafts fair and foot races for all ages from 1 to over 50, broken down by age and sex. It is great fun to see your friends' kids and grandkids race. Then there is a tug-of-war contest, natives against tourists, for both men and women. This year, with the holiday falling at the end of an especially long weekend, attendance at the events were down, but still a fun day. Hope yours was too!