George Harper set to enjoy Sunday’s parade |

George Harper set to enjoy Sunday’s parade

George Harper will see his yearlong efforts culminate Sunday in about a 60 to 75-minute period.

That’s OK though because Harper, who co-chairs the Fourth of July parade with his wife, Pat, in downtown Nevada City will then focus his efforts on the other parades he works on, the Constitution and Mardi Gras parades, also in Nevada City.

For Sunday’s parade, however, Harper will enjoy the 90-plus entries strolling down Broad Street, turning left at Union Street and disbanding on Coyote Street.

“The parade will be great as always because it’s in Nevada City and we’re celebrating the birth of our country,” he said Monday.

While spectators can expect the usual parade entries ” the Ophir Prison Marching Band, fire engines, floats, equestrians, performers, clowns, candidates and local notables ” Harper was quick to list new parade entries including Quick Silver antique military vehicles, a Coast Guard C-130 flying plane, Relay for Life entry, Nevada City Masons and two dog groups, the Westies and Jack Russell terriers.

Harper is also pleased that Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, a parade first.

Sunday’s theme is “United We Stand.” The grand marshal will be former Nevada City mayor and city councilman Tom Balch.

Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive a half-hour or hour prior for the best views. To help relieve parking congestion, a free shuttle will run from noon to 5 p.m. between the Rood Center and the downtown area.

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