Fourth of July parade slated to march on |

Fourth of July parade slated to march on

Jack Barnwell

Last minute arrangements on Friday averted the cancellation of the South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July Parade.

JoAnn Conner, who coordinates the parade through her company Golden Bear Events, said the parade had initially been cancelled because of some red tape and last minute hurdles.

“Those have been resolved,” Conner said by phone on Friday. “I’m frantically getting everything lined back up.”

Conner had originally announced the parade’s cancellation through her company’s Facebook page on Thursday.

Conner said outpouring of support from local residents helped revive the parade.

“I’ve gotten comments from tourists who enjoy the parade and from locals who say their children aren’t up late enough for the fireworks or don’t want to fight the crowds at the beach,” Conner said.

A few changes have occurred this year, however. The parade will stage at the back of the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center and Recreation Complex, proceed from Rufus Allen Boulevard and then west on Lake Tahoe Boulevard toward the “Y” intersection.

Conner advised there would be rolling closures during the parade route.

Costs for family and businesses to march in the parade will cost $50, while veterans groups, student organizations, service organizations and public safety organizations can participate for free.

Money raised will go to pay permit fees and the remainder will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard. Conner said her company makes no money on the event.

“This is a community event to honor veterans and celebrate the Fourth of July,” Conner said.

The parade stages at 9 a.m. on July 4. More information can be found at

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