A ribbon of red, white and blue ran down Highway 50 on July 4 as South Lake Tahoe kicked off the holiday with a colorful Fourth of July parade.
The train of decorated cars, trailers and trucks started near the “Y” and slowly rolled to the American Legion.
Children decked out in their most patriotic digs waved and tossed candy to onlookers on the side of the highway. Passers-by in the left lane honked and many flew flags. Veterans in uniform saluted and waved to those on the street.
“I thought the parade was a lovely small town tradition and a wonderful way to honor our local veterans,” said City Councilwoman Angela Swanson, who drove a vehicle carrying South Lake Tahoe veteran Bob St. Angelo.
In all, more than 20 vehicles paraded down the street, carrying well over 100 people. The smiling faces and waving flags really showed South Lake Tahoe’s patriotism, Swanson said.
“Patriotism isn’t something you just wear on your sleeve,” she added. “It should be deeply and reverently felt.”