We the People of the United States........ Sept 9, 2012

.... in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

And so begins another Nevada City Parade! The 46th Annual Constitution Day Parade topped a weekend of festivities Sept. 8-9, 2012 in our California Gold Rush town.

The parade through the downtown historic district included marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, clowns & politicians [is that redundant?], and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band, and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

A highlight was the serious reenactment of the Constitution signing by delegates who wrote this Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787.

At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "What have you wrought?" He answered, ". . . a Republic, if you can keep it."

Official signing desk.

Our Constitution signing delegates. Ben Franklin is the guy with the white kite. Look happy, don't they? They've done their job.

The crowd really enjoyed the "Presidents" and their ladies in period dress.

President and Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt. Notice the teddy bear!

Bill Clinton engaging in, uh, conversation with Marilyn Monroe, which Hillary is ignoring!

After singing "Four More Beers," I mean "Four More Years," confetti erupted and the Presidential Party broke up!

Long tall drink o' water: Uncle Sam strutting his stuff.

Masons entertaining parade-goers in go-carts.

This ubiquitous band began AND ended the parade (again). These guys can really play!

She wasn't really playing the sax. One of the band guys dragged her reluctantly to the forefront. She was a good sport. Nice sox!

Love the outfits!


Rubber ducky, you're the one!

Sunflowers and ducks.

The Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek after the parade. We bought our tickets a month ago. The Duck Race has been the sole fundraiser of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City since the first plastic ducks were dropped into Deer Creek in 1991.

But neither of our duckies won. Guess they're still floating downriver.

This town knows how to put on a good show!


  1. What? You didn't participate in the parade? Kazoos aren't hard to learn to play. :)

  2. Looks like you are having a wonderful time in your new home town. Fun photos! Those little gold towns do have the best parades ever.

  3. Aw heck, seems we missed a good one! Phooey! Looks like you had a grand old time!

  4. Is Jimmy wearing one of those silly outfits with the black shoes and white socks in photo 2? That Nevada City is a nice looking town.


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