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Rain doesn’t dampen annual Independence Day parade

Jack Barnwell
jbarnwell@tahoedailytribune.com
Olivia Davis (left), Madaline Giunta and Izabella Giunta wave their flags while preparing for the annual South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July Parade on Saturday.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

A heavy downpour failed to rain on the annual Fourth of July Parade traveling down Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Saturday as more than 30 cars participated in the event.

The parade, coordinated by JoAnn Conner’s company Golden Bear Events, headed west from Rufus Allen Boulevard in a fleet of classic cars, fire engines, military vehicles that displayed American pride and the U.S. flag.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., the rain hit the parade as many of the vehicles passed by Sno Flake Drive In, but didn’t deter spectators or the parade.

Hundreds of spectators lined Lake Tahoe Boulevard despite the rain as the parade passed, ending at CardinaleWay Toyota for an after-parade celebration.

David McNally, a retired U.S. Marine and Korean War veteran, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal at the last minute. Retired War World II veteran Army Sgt. John Filas was reportedly sick at the last minute.

“It was really exciting to see everyone out there waving their flags,” said Conner, the parade coordinator, following the parade. “Our veterans really felt honored.”

Conner called the parade the largest one to be scheduled for the Fourth of July.

Conner added that the rain wasn’t a problem for the parade.

“We committed to 10 miles an hour and we stuck to it,” Conner said. “We kept pace regardless of the weather.”

Joanne Shope, with Christmas Cheer All Year, said she had a blast.

“It was fun riding in the parade, rain or not,” Shope said. “Water was pouring down my arm as I was waving and there was lots of people cheering.”

U.S. Air Force Sgt. Dan Boone, who also participated in the parade, noted the parade’s value.

“It was an awesome parade despite the rain,” Boone said. “Some of our veterans got to be in it and we can celebrate 239 years of our freedom.”

Boone, who comes from a military family, said it wasn’t his first parade.

“Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I’ve been in parades,” Boone said. “I’m very proud to be in Tahoe and celebrate freedom and see all the fine people supporting us.”

All proceeds from the parade will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard.


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