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Presidential march: Annual Constitution Day parade draws crowds to Nevada City

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The Famous Marching Presidents take part in the 56th annual Constitution Day parade on Broad Street in Nevada City Sunday afternoon.
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About 500 people braved the smoke and threat of rain on Sunday to attend the Constitution Day parade.

Lynn Skrukrud, events and marketing manager for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, called the crowd “small, but mighty” in an email. Thirty-two entries participated in the annual event.

“While it ended up being a beautiful afternoon, I think it was sparse due to the smoke and rain seen throughout the day,” Skrukrud said. “Despite a smaller turnout, we were very excited to be back after a two-year hiatus and look forward to building the event back up next year.”

Several groups participating in Sunday’s Constitution Day parade received awards in a variety of categories. They include:

Best Band: Watsonville Community Band

Best Float: Merry Widow Society

Best Walking Unit: League of Women Voters

Judge’s Choice: Ben Ali Shrine: Keystone Cops & Alley Clowns

Committee’s Choice: Old West Legends

People’s Choice: The Famous Marching Presidents

Honorable mentions include:

Ben Ali Shrine: Cibara Motor Corps: For showing up and participating despite their go-karts recently being stolen

E Clampus Vitus: For adding a fun twist with their fire drill

Source: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Cornish Town Crier Paul Haas announcing the Constitution Day parade, along with the VFW color guard at the start of the parade.
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Beryl Robinson, Jr. of Nevada City Masonic Lodge No. 13 F&AM reenacting the signing of the Constitution before the parade.
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The 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City held the 31st Annual Duck Race on Sunday. Members of the club collected the winning duck from the water and wrote down the winning numbers.
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The Famous Marching Presidents and their wives.
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The Nevada Union High School marching band was one of over 30 participants in the parade.
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The Grand Marshal of the parade is Jeffery Wilkins, grand master of Masons at the Grand Lodge of California.
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A Ben Ali member of the Shriners gave a American flag to a young boy at the parade.
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