Happy Independence Day!! - July 4th, 2012

Beginning at the top of Broad Street, the annual Independence Day parade rolled thru historic Nevada City. The classic hometown parade began almost at the stroke of 2 pm, in the heat of the day, and was attended by thousands of enthusiastic, flag-waving citizens! The sidewalks were jammed, esp on the shady side of the street (where we were). The Nevada County Concert Band played for the crowd with gusto both before and during the parade. Jimmy and I ended up standing so we could see, and after two hours our feet let us know it was time for the show to end.

A couple of the bands earned hearty applause from the crowd: The Nevada Union High School didn't just march by rote along the route, they moved to their music. We all loved that.

We heard the announcer say that the committee paid The Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and Temperance Society, LMTD band to STAY HOME this year (tongue in cheek, uh-huh), but they not only marched close to the beginning of the parade, they came back to much laughter near the parade's end. A big hit.

A few of the more interesting Nevada City adult soapbox derby entries entertained us as they moved down Broad Street - we missed the contest this year, as well as the annual Nevada City Father's Day Bike Classic - but today we watched bike racers sprint around the bright yellow pace car. We had horses and llamas; fire engines galore: new ones and oldies; perky cheerleaders; Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, the Peace Party, and tea parties and non-tea parties, and all manner of election year folk on view. Haha, even Waste Management rolled their shiniest big green and yellow truck down the route.

I don't believe I've ever seen so much red, white and blue.

The flags were flying on Broad Street. And the crowd was ready for a parade.

Dressed for dancing to patriotic songs by the Band. Jimmy in yellow stands out in the sea of RW & B. That's where we stood to watch the parade.

This fine old car was in a series of vehicles honoring our nation's military. Even several WWII vets rode in the van. The Scouts kept everyone in $1.00 water. Good thing, the day was warm!

This little guy followed the NC Bike Classic pace car. One of the soapbox derby entries!

Patriotic "do's" in both pictures!

Hope to be in town for the Duck Race in September. Hope ours wins!

Tail end, so to speak, of the E Clampus Vidas procession. I think Uncle Sam was part of the Peace Party.

Here's the Ophir Prison band, all dressed up in their foppish and foolish finery. Hilarious!

And the Lions Club gave out these hand-held flags. I was proud to accept this one


  1. Nice day out of the cells for the inmates. :)

  2. Those MotherLode towns really do know how to do up a parade. The Round-up Parade in Sonora is a great one as well, with lots of bands and entries. Seems to me all parades should have lots of marching bands, so I am glad that yours did. Great photos of a great tradition!

  3. Anonymous5:35 AM

    I keep remembering the parades we watched at the Berholtz "field day" every 4th. Some things don't change all that much! --Nannie

    1. Anonymous5:35 AM

      oops, that's BERGHOLTZ


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