Fourth of July parade was a success |

Fourth of July parade was a success

By Lindsey RhynardTwo-year-old Celeste Kurnik gets a boost to a better view of the downtown parade.

Fourth of July held particular significance for much of the nation this year, and the celebration in Truckee was no exception.

This year, the town’s annual parade drew a crowd of several thousand people – most of whom were decked out in their patriotic finery.

“This is truly a special celebration today, especially in the wake of Sept. 11 and all that we’ve been through,” said announcer Jim Simon, as he led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to kick things off.

Throngs of event-goers started arriving in downtown Truckee as early as 8 a.m. to reserve a prime viewing spot and set up camp for the parade with lawn chairs, blankets and beach umbrellas.

The crowd was an eclectic bunch: out-of-towners trying to catch a glimpse of the local color, babies clad in stars and stripes, sleeping dogs, and residents sharing a beer or Bloody Mary with friends and family.

As the sidewalks in Commercial Row were standing room only, many gathered on the rooftops and balconies for a birds-eye view of the sea of red, white and blue.

By the time 10 a.m. rolled around and the floats and other parade participants started their journey from Sierra Mountain Middle School to Commercial Row, the mercury had started rising and people struggled to remain cool.

This year’s parade, “A Salute to Freedom,” which was the result of months of hard work by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and organizers Pattie and Hartley Lesser, featured everything from classic cars, to local law enforcement and emergency crews, vocal groups and young athletes.

“Our favorites were the fire trucks and firefighters,” said Lisa Parks, a Connecticut resident and second time parade attendee. “We usually take a trip out to Tahoe and we planned it this year so we’d be here specifically for this event. It’s so much fun.”

Cheers from the crowd demonstrated similar sentiments.

“This is truly the year of the firefighter,” Simon said.

Truckee resident Teresa Wilmot, who has twice served as a parade judge, said she was just enjoying the celebrations from the sidelines this year.

“This is true Americana,” she said, pointing to the happy crowd.

Fourth of July Parade Results:

Best in Show:

Sonrise Dance Company/Calvary Chapel in Truckee

Classic Auto

1. Farside Cruisers Car Club

2. Model A Club

3. Reno Corvettes

Civic Group

1. Civil Air Patrol

2. Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club

3. Truckee Optimists Club

Commercial Open

1. Truckee Travel

2. Event Masters

3. Westgate Shopping Center


1. Sierra Mountaineer Chorus

2. Truckee Tahoe Swim Team

3. Tahoe Forest Hospice


1. Railroad Regulators

2. Bernese Mountain Dog Club

3. Truckee Twins

Youth Group

1. Tahoe Razzmatazz

2. Truckee Drill Team

3. Little Star Gymnastics

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