Fourth parade draws 25,000 |

Fourth parade draws 25,000

Truckee residents and visitors demonstrated their holiday spirit in the Fourth of July Parade that marched down Donner Pass Road on Tuesday.

With more than 25,000 people in attendance, the parade was definitely a success, according to Rachelle Pellissier, the CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

“Everybody out there just had a great time,” Pellissier said.

Hartley Lesser, who has coordinated the parade for the last three years with his wife, Pattie, said that this year was their best yet. With over 57 entries, the parade was incredibly crowded, he said.

“Some of the highlights from the parade were when the Railroad Regulators tried to blow up the reviewing stands, the Jewels of the Lake belly dancers, the pipe band and the number of classic and sports car entries,” Lesser said.

He said the most stirring moment was when the Civil Air Patrol Cadets preformed the presentation of colors at the reviewing stands. It was a very patriotic event, he said.

“The crowd was very energetic,” he said. “They were clapping, cheering, and I think showed the most response for the pipe band and the Bernese mountain dogs.”

Here is a list of winners from a number of different categories:

– Open

1. Sierra West Bernese Mountain Dogs

2. Railroad Regulators

3. Tie: Prosser Damn Posse and Auburn Drumline

– Youth

1. Truckee Drill Team

2. Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team

3. Girl Scouts

– Classic Auto

1. Farside Cruisers Car Club

2. Reno Corvettes

3. Tie: Morgan Club and California Capitol Chapter Buick Club

– Commercial Open

1. Truckee River Drill Team

2. Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

3. Event Masters

– Civic Group

1. Civil Air Patrol

2. Truckee Optimist

– Non Profit

1. Truckee Tahoe Sierra Mountainaire Chorus

2. Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum

3. Sandbox Kids

– Best of Show

Sierra Mountain Middle School Jazz Band

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