Marching orders clear: July 4 parade will go on |

Marching orders clear: July 4 parade will go on

Recent concerns about wildfires, fireworks and smoky skies have left a haze over Friday’s Independence Day parade that organizers want to clear up: The show will march on.

More than 60 entries are signed up for the event, which this year starts at 11 a.m. Friday at the top of Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. It ends at the post office on Union Street and is expected to last about an hour.

“We have a lot of vehicles but not too many floats. In fact, if you bring a float, you might win a prize,” said George Harper, who with his wife, Pat, has been organizing the Nevada City parade for 20 years.

Grass Valley hosts the parade every other year.

All the trimmings of a traditional Fourth of July parade will be on display. Marching bands, fire departments, veteran groups, nonprofits, businesses and Uncle Sam all will stream down Broad Street before turning left at Union Street.

One of the new entries is Sierra Scootz, which is a group of scooter enthusiasts, Harper said. The Ophir Prison Band, a longtime favorite at the parade and a personal favorite of Harper’s, will be strutting its stuff again as well. George Foster, the Nevada City treasurer, and his wife, Christine, will be the grand marshals.

“It will be a fun parade no matter what,” Harper said.

The parade is still accepting entries. The fee is $25 for nonprofit organizations and politicians and $50 for businesses. Children’s organizations pay no entry fee.

The parade will accept entries up until the last minute on Friday, said Kathy Whittlesey, the executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Last-minute entries need to look for Whittlesey or Harper at the top of Broad Street.

Parade organizers are encouraging spectators to park at the Rood Center and walk downtown.

The parade route will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., city officials said.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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