Fourth of July parade comes to downtown |

Fourth of July parade comes to downtown

Truckee’s Fourth of July Parade will kick off Independence Day weekend on Friday with a “true slice of small-town Americana,” said Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Saunders.

This year’s parade – called “Truckee – Celebrate Freedom!” – will go from 10 a.m. to noon and stretch 2.5 miles from Sierra Mountain Middle School to Historic Downtown, with more than 65 entries.

Although tradition will play a large role in the parade, with the return of the Scottish Nevada Sierra Highlander Pipe Band and the Sierra West Bernese Mountain Dog Club, there will also be some firsts in this year’s event.

Over the past month, InnerRhythms has been preparing for its first appearance in Truckee’s Fourth of July Parade with hip-hop dance workshops. Approximately 15 children, ages 6 to 17, will perform to 2 Pac’s “California Love.” For some of the dancers, it will be the first time they have ever performed.

“Some of them have never danced before, and some have been dancing their whole lives,” said InnerRhythms Executive Director Kimberly Pinkson, who gave away two scholarships so the children could participate in the workshop. “We’ve got a bunch of new people out there, so it’ll be exciting.”

As the parade entrants approach Historic Downtown, Jim Simon will announce who’s coming along the route as they perform for the judges. Town council members, Tahoe Forest Hospital CEO Bob Schapper, chamber chair Shelly Wright and East West Partners’ Roger Lessman will judge the contestants.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be Truckee Mayor Ted Owens.

There will also be more than 10 volunteers riding along the parade route in golf carts to keep the entrants moving along.

“We do everything we can to fill the gaps so [the parade] moves along smoothly, but, you know, this isn’t the Rose Parade,” Saunders said.

During the parade, attendees can purchase official Fourth of July T-shirts from various locations along the route.

A portion of Donner Pass Road will be closed for the parade from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon. The parade will begin at Sierra Mountain Middle School and continue to the downtown area near Bridge Street and Donner Pass Road.

To avoid parade traffic and delays motorists should consider taking alternate routes.

Contact the Truckee-Donner Chamber at 587-2757 for more information.

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