South Lake Tahoe parade celebrates America’s independence (photo slideshow) |

South Lake Tahoe parade celebrates America’s independence (photo slideshow)

Caitlin Row

South Lake Tahoe’s inaugural Fourth of July parade featured family fun Monday morning. It showcased 78 vehicles and around 200 people “on foot either walking, biking or dancing,” according to the city.

The event kicked off at 10 a.m. at the “Y” and traveled east along U.S. Highway 50. It ended at the Rite Aid parking lot on Al Tahoe Boulevard with an after-party following at the American Legion.

City of South Lake Tahoe public information officer Tracy Franklin noted that American Legion Post 795 served as parade marshals, with a variety of U.S. armed forces members — past and present — a part of the event. Notable participants included Post 795 members — Commander Matt Panks, Judge Advocate John Lingar, Chaplain Curt Emre and Past Commander Blair Clark; plus veterans Karl Johnson, Orly Larson, Gary Norton, Daniel Boone, Alan Morse, Joe Morse, James Taylor, Pat Maliska, Lee Maliska, Ed Pyre, Michael Varich, Adrianna Voss, Dennis Merritt, Dana Buschini, Gert Lehman, Bill Malloy and Gold Star Families in Loving Memory of Our Fallen Soldiers.

“There were multiple community volunteers, and the parade would not have been possible without all their efforts,” Franklin added.

“The Fourth of July Parade was an opportunity to honor our local veterans and a fundraiser for the American Legion Post 795. To date, $700 has been raised.”

The group will continue accepting donations at

Past July 4 parades honoring the Legion were organized privately as a fundraiser by city councilwoman JoAnn Conner through her business, Golden Bear Events. This is the first year city staff managed the event.

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