Vietnam Veteran Color Guard (with Uncle Sam) start the parade.

Fourth of July Parade 2012


evada City's downtown parade began at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the top of Broad Street, and moved through the center of downtown. More than 100 entries and hundreds of spectators were on hand for the fun. Cheryl, Sue and friends were involved. Michele took most of the photos of the parade. After the parade people could continue the celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley and enjoy live music, entertainment, food and refreshments. As usual, there were fireworks around 9:30 p.m.

Michele and .......

Ted and Sue with the Freedom Riders.

Cheryl says a few words before the Judges.

Nevada City Soapbox Derby cars took first place. The cars that rolled down Broad Street Wednesday included a man driving a hot tub and squirting bystanders with water. Participating cars were part of June's second annual derby race, a community event that serves as a fundraiser for Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

The NEO Club float took best individual entry in the parade. NEO is a Grass Valley-based youth outreach organization in Grass Valley with a focus on healthy choices.

2012 Fourth of July Parade Results (Plaques for 1st place, ribbons for 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions). Sweepstakes: 1st: Soap Box Derby 2nd: Nevada Co Fairground Foundation 3rd: Nev Co Move to Amend Constitution -- Best Individual Entry: 1st: NEO 2nd: CA International Llama Assoc 3rd: American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130 -- Best Auto: 1st: California Solar Electric 2nd: 64 Lincoln 3rd: Doug LaMalfa -- Best Overall Fire Department: 1st: North San Juan 2nd: Rough & Ready 3rd: Nevada City -- Best Band: 1st: Union Hill Marching Band 2nd: Nevada Union Band 3rd: Ophir Prison Band -- Best Junior Group: 1st: American Heritage Girls Troop 49 2nd: NU Junior Miners 3rd: Girl Scouts --  Northern Miners Best Commercial: 1st: Fur Traders 2nd: Synthetic Unlimited- Antony & Cleopatra 3rd: Party Time and A to Z Supply -- Best Marching Group: 1st: Gold Country Celtic Society 2nd: Saddle Club at Purpose Ranch 3rd: Nev Co Library Children's Programs -- Honorable Mentions: 1: Jacob Robinson (Ophir Prison Band) 2: Jazzercise 3: Nevada City Lions 4: IHOP & Baskin Robbins 5: Daughters of the American Revolution

Another wonderful Fourth of July Parade completed. Thanks to all those who put forth the effort to make it a success. It's always a good  reminder of how lucky we are to live and enjoy the human rights and protections advocated in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Awesome when you think of what the Founders went through, and the sacrifices of so many lives to keep it going.  Freedom isn't free.