Tuesday Jul 08 2008
By: Susan Belknap Press-Tribune Editor
Fourth of July parade watchers rewarded with unseasonably mild weather
Patriotism was in full swing last week as thousands of Roseville residents showed up to view the city’s annual All American Fourth of July parade Friday. The parade route along Vernon Street in downtown Roseville featured more than 60 floats, motorcycle, bicycle and unicycle riders, beauty queens and local organizations that participated in the annual parade sponsored by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, The Press-Tribune and the city of Roseville. For many spectators, the July parade has become a yearly tradition. “We’ve been coming to the parade for three years,” said Roseville resident Natalie Anderson, who was in attendance with her children, Taylor, 3, and Lylie, 15 months. “I like the big trucks,” Taylor said. For the Seaton family of Roseville, going to the parade is a family affair as well as their children Natalie, 5, and Nathan, 2, had their pint-sized chairs all lined up in front of City Hall for the perfect vantage point as the festivities began at 10 a.m. While the parade may have been tradition for many attendees, having the temperature on the cool side was anything but usual for Roseville in July. With the added light breeze, parade viewing was most comfortable for participants and spectators alike. Kari Hagensmith, Soroptmist International Club member enjoyed the cool temperature from the viewing stand as the parade announcer for the seventh year. “I get a big kick out of this parade and the events that go on here as well as those at Royer Park after the parade is over,” Hagensmith said. “This is Americana at its best. It’s so fun to see everyone come out and support their community.” Some regular parade attendees admit to seeking out favorite viewing points each year including 83-year-old Mary Kerecman who has lived in Roseville since 1952. “I think as a Roseville citizen I should attend events like this,” Kerecman said. “I love watching the people who participate in this parade. I always sit right here by the announcer’s stand so I can see all the performances.” In addition to the parade, Fourth of July festivities in Roseville also included a 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Roseville’s Crime Stoppers organization, games, vendor treats and free live entertainment at Royer Park and a fireworks show at the Placer County Fairgrounds.