Truckee Fourth of July Parade: andamp;#8220;Livinandamp;#8217; The Small Town Dreamandamp;#8221; | SierraSun.com

Truckee Fourth of July Parade: andamp;#8220;Livinandamp;#8217; The Small Town Dreamandamp;#8221;

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TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; Plans are underway for another exciting 4th of July parade, the quintessential display of small town Americana. In addition to the local entries, returning to Truckee is the Wells Fargo horse-drawn stagecoach. The legendary stagecoach is priceless and a symbol of American history. The official team that works the Wells Fargo stagecoach love coming to Truckee and being in this parade and always advocate for Truckee to be one of the prestigious visits in the year for the stagecoach. The 4th of July Parade and related activities at the West End Beach of Donner Lake are a significant economic stimulus for the Truckee. Truckeeandamp;#8217;s July 4 parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Truckee High School Track parking lot and progresses one and a half miles down Donner Pass Road into historic Truckee, ending around noon.The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce has produced the parade for many years. Due to its importance and significance as a community event, last year the Chamber established a 4th of July Parade Committee to broaden involvement in the planning, support and production of the parade. This year, the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District will work with the Chamber as co-producers. Volunteer parade coordinators Hartley and Pattie Lesser of High Sierra Media Group, who have helped with parade coordination for 13 years, will return.This year the InterClub Citizens of the Year will be honored with a place of prominence in the parade: Laura Mohen, of Truckee Physical Therapy and Jim Porter, of Porter-Simon Law Firm. Both Mohen and Porter are highly committed to and engaged in the community. Their leadership, active participation and involvement in nonprofits and fundraisers has made the community of Truckee a better place for all.Serving as Grand Marshals are Lisa Dobey, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and Debbie Cole. Dobey and Cole have made significant contributions to the region in their 13 years here. They recently announced their relocation to Bend, Ore. later this summer. Their leadership, passion and contributions to the community will be greatly missed.This yearandamp;#8217;s parade theme is andamp;#8220;Livinandamp;#8217; The Small Town Dream,andamp;#8221; and was nominated by Aimee Schaller of Dickson Realty.Parade entry fee is still just $50 and entries will be accepted through Friday, June 24 at noon. Sponsorships are available to help support this hometown tradition. Sponsors to date include: Rotary Club of Truckee, Lahontan Golf Club, Tahoe Donner Association, Martis Camp, Dickson Realty Truckee Tahoe-The Shaller Family, Mountain Hardware andamp; Sports, Resort at Squaw Creek, Sierra Sun, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Tahoe Oral Surgery Implant Center, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Alison Bermant Attorney, Sugar Bowl, and Truckee Physical Therapy.And making lemonade out of lemons andamp;#8230; when the Amgen Tour of California had to relocate the start of Stage two, Truckee was left with an andamp;#8220;unclaimedandamp;#8221; King of the Mousehole jersey. So, before the parade gets started, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce will hold a Truckee Bike Sprint challenge on the same course, but in the opposite direction, of the famous Firecracker Mile. There will be a random draw of registered riders for the coveted andamp;#8220;unclaimedandamp;#8221; King of the Mousehole jersey. The Truckee Bike Sprint will begin downtown at 9:30 a.m. Riders will start at 15-20 second intervals. All ages and abilities are welcome, road, mountain or cruisers allowed. The fastest man and woman will each receive Tahoe Amgen Tour of California merchandise plus a $250 donation will be made in their name to Breakaway from Cancer. Immediately following the Truckee Bike Sprint will be the always popular Firecracker Mile. For more information on both races, visit http://www.truckeefunrun.com.For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail info@truckee.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com