Sunday, March 29, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Lots of enthusiasm, excitement at the Fourth of July parade

By
From page B10 | July 12, 2014 |

I really like parades – the enthusiasm, the excitement and the crowds.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t had the chance to be a part of one in a long time, but I did this year in the Fairfield Independence Day parade. Prior to that, it was the inaugural Memorial Day parade, also in Fairfield. The folks from the National Association for Uniformed Services, Frank Kelley, Horace Little and Carl Hinton, worked with the downtown association to put the first Memorial Day parade in motion.

Carl, Frank and Horace met in my Jefferson Street office after the parade and kicked off the Tools of Learning for Children Citizenship program. It’s still jointly sponsored by the Pacific Gateway Chapter of NAUS and Tools.

This year, I rode in the Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group float ensemble. I was really surprised at the number of folks who turned out. Our float was No. 54 out of about 60. It was a happy and good-natured crowd. My guess is there were thousands of spectators there. Most applauded every float, even our modest one. Carla and John Nelson carried the Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group banner.

We got there early and had a long wait. The parade began at 10 a.m. It was after 11 a.m. before we were able to get rolling. I rode “shotgun” in the pickup pulling the float. I waved small American flags all the way.

We had plenty of time to finish decorating the float. We added more flags and more bunting. We had creative decorators who made things work by taping small parts together to make large parts. The result was very satisfying. It got some crowd applause and I think it deserved it.

We waited behind the Starbound Theatre youth group for a long while. I had a chance to chat with one of the directors, a charming woman. They do very good work in Napa and Solano counties. The county is blessed with groups that develop the talents of young people like the Fairfield Civic Theater used to do.

If there is a downside to being No. 54, it is that you don’t get to see the first 47 floats. I guess that’s true in almost every parade. We were able to watch the entries from about No. 48, the Starbound float. Several horses and their riders were ahead of us. We were a little concerned about following behind them but needn’t have been because a Boy Scout troop followed close behind the horses and cleaned up after them. Kudos to the Boy Scouts!

There were a lot of vintage cars in the parade. We got to see some of them parked alongside the street after they had passed the reviewing stand. Nice.

Maybe we’ll be able to see the whole thing on community access cable TV.

Someone asked if I would be a part of the parade again. Without hesitation, the answer is yes. But we’ll come a little later and have the float ready earlier.

There was only one small irritation during the parade. As we approached the finish, someone yelled out, “Viva Mexico.” That person can believe whatever he wants to, but a parade honoring America’s independence is not an appropriate time or place for that.

But if you have thousands of happy, courteous spectators and just one you disagree with, that isn’t bad.

Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Stacy RoseJuly 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

    It was such a pleasure to meet you at the parade after enjoying your columns for quite some time. Thank you for mentioning Starbound Theatre. it's so important to keep these youth programs alive in Fairfield and I think your Tools of Learning for Children Citizenship is a great program!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Murray BassJuly 12, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Thanks Stacy . Did you have a chance to look at the readin g program?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MEJuly 12, 2014 - 10:32 am

    I think that the person yelled out viva Mexico at the end of the parade because the parade had La Dona Restaurantand directly after them weresome mexican riding horses that were dancing. These people were at the end of the parade.Im not really sure what any of that has to do with the 4th of July independence day.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Ulises S. GuberJuly 12, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    community access cable TV is only available to cable TV subscribers. I challenge our community leaders to offer a similar community feed over the internet so that all of the community can be exposed to these televised community events.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Vanden High library project nears completion

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Vanden girls end stellar season

By Brian Arnold | From Page: C1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Cheers for Jupiter – and roller derby

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

 
Red Cross volunteers help assemble first aid kits

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

PG&E helps replace stolen equipment

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

 
Justin-Siena names new principal

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

 
Vacaville police make arrest after pursuit

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

Vacaville bridal, quinceanera show a hit

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

 
Event benefits child who attends Cambridge School

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Free paper shredding option returns to Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Best barometer of investment success: Wealth

By Mark Sievers | From Page: B8

 
Tips on hydrozoning your garden

By Tina Saravia | From Page: B8, 2 Comments

 
Fairfield police log: March 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 2 Comments

 
Suisun City police log: March 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Crash victim’s father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Some British Airways frequent flier accounts miles breached

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Boko Haram kills 39, legislator, disrupting Nigeria election

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
 
Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 29, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 29, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Pope finds popularity and dissent at 2-year mark

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Truth does not change

By The Rev. Art Zacher | From Page: C3, 23 Comments

Horoscopes: March 29, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

 
Daughter choses stepdad over father to walk her down the aisle

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Second Julie Andrews memoir expected in 2017

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

.

Sports

 
Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Burns scores winner in SO to lift Sharks past Flyers, 3-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Jenest pitches SCC baseball team to shutout of Contra Costa

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kazmir, Quintana both strong; A’s beat White Sox 10-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Zunino homers twice, but Giants rally to edge Mariners 9-8

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Gordon, Earnhardt among the winners and fans of Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup, California Chrome 2nd

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Power leads Penske sweep in qualifying for IndyCar opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Revolution win first of season, beating Earthquakes 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimmy Walker leads hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
.

Business

A glance at women in leadership roles in business worldwide

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

.

Obituaries

Betty Mason

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Tiffany Lyn (Helzer) Kemp

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Richard F. Coleman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
James Lee Lewis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Helen Kalis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Carol A. Vose

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics