Parade, fireworks still on |

Parade, fireworks still on

The Independence Day parade in Nevada City and the fireworks show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds are still on for today, organizers said Thursday.

The parade in downtown Nevada City begins at 11 a.m. at the top of Broad Street. As of Thursday afternoon, 65 entries had signed up to march, according to Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Shuttle buses will pick up spectators at the Rood Center beginning at 9 a.m. and drop them off and pick them up at the Washington Street overpass, Whittlesey said.

Officials learned Thursday the Ryder Group, of Grass Valley, will fly over the parade. Gary Rudolph, Bob Hobert, Dave Lind and Mike Kaul will be the pilots, according to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

The parade is expected to last about an hour. Broad Street and part of Union Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who can’t make it to the parade or don’t want to contend with smoky skies, NCTV and Touchdown Productions will broadcast it live for the first time. Comcast customers can see the parade on channel 11 in western Nevada County and channel 16 in the south county area.

Shuttles to fairgrounds

The fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. and is expected to last about 30 minutes. Ken Harney, a plumbing contractor from Grass Valley and licensed pyrotechnician, will oversee a crew of 10 who will deliver the fireworks.

The gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults. Children under 12 and service members in uniform get in for free. Food and drinks are also available at the fairgrounds.

No parking is available at the fairgrounds, which has become a campground for more than 600 firefighters who are battling blazes in the Tahoe National Forest.

Shuttle buses will pick up spectators beginning at 3 p.m. at Sierra College and return them to the lot after the show. About 1,200 spaces are available at private lots along McCourtney Road, across from the fairgrounds, and at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church lot, although motorists can expect to be charged for those spaces.

Those who arrive early at the fairgrounds will be able to enjoy music played by five different bands. Charlie Brown, Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional district, will be there from 3 to 6 p.m., according to campaign representatives.

Due to numerous fires in Northern California, fireworks shows in Colfax and at Lake of the Pines have been canceled. Lake Wildwood, which will launch fireworks from a barge on the lake, still plans to hold its show.

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