Free to have fun – Nevada County celebrates Constitution Day |

Free to have fun – Nevada County celebrates Constitution Day

To the hundreds who filled downtown Nevada City Sunday afternoon, it was a wonderful day for a parade.

Clowns, motorcycles, floats and school marching bands took part in the 38th Annual Constitution Day Parade, which made its way down Broad Street.

“It’s more fun than last year,” said Rough and Ready resident Lisa Johnson. “It’s a lot better.”

Johnson’s daughter marched with the Lyman Gilmore Marching Band, saxophone in hand.

Steam from hot-dog stands tickled the noses of parade-goers as miniature race cars zoomed back and forth the main drag.

Bill Condin, who has lived in the county for six years, had a reason to come to the parade. Condin’s son, Chris, a Boy Scout, took part in leading the public in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge, Boy Scouts handed out American flags. This was the highlight of the father’s day.

“This is a great parade,” he said.

The Marching Presidents of Nevada City presented their 15th annual Col. Bill Lambert Award for outstanding contributions to Nevada City to resident Edwin Tyson.

Tyson moved to Nevada City 28 years ago. For the past 25 years, he has served as curator of the Nevada County Historical Society’s Searls Library.

He led the effort to have downtown Nevada City listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named by the county’s Board of Supervisors as the official county historian. He is also a former winner of the Ezra Kilroy Award for Community Service, the highest award given by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

“Ed Tyson demonstrates the true spirit of Nevada City through his important stewardship of local history,” said David Parker, Marching Presidents’ founder. “His work has not only preserved the history of Nevada City, it has also protected its future.”

The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, a Nevada City resident and founder of the Constitution Day Parade.

Hundreds lined up along Broad Street throughout the afternoon, in some places as many as three rows deep

“It’s Americana,” said Nevada City resident Larry Stapleton. “It’s a community thing.”

Civil war re-enactments over the weekend added to the historical celebration.

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