Youth pitch in for celebration |

Youth pitch in for celebration

When the 36th annual Constitution Day celebration makes its return to the streets of Nevada City this weekend, the colors of red, white and blue will dance above those who come to remember.

Among those taking part in the weekend festivities are children in kindergarten through high school.

Whether they are marching in the parade or staffing a booth to sell duck race tickets, the youths are there on their own time – giving back to residents they do not know and working for a cause that means something different to everyone.

Some would question why the youth would choose to parade up and down a sun-baked street or work long hours passing out flyers.

For Brenna MacKenzie, a Nevada Union High School senior, the answer to that question is elementary.

“I really enjoy (giving back to the community) because I like working with the kids and bridging the age gap,” said MacKenzie, who will sell duck race tickets.

The events, which always draw large crowds, include band performances, duck races, historical re-enactments and, of course, food. Most of the work is done by volunteers like MacKenzie and Breanne Craig, another NU senior who is helping with the duck race tickets.

“It gets me involved with the community. You get to see that look on other people’s faces when they’re happy, and that makes you happy,” Craig said.

“I come back because it makes me feel like I’m doing something important,” said MacKenzie, who has volunteered for a few years.

Craig added, “You meet new people when you get involved with these things.”

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