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Brian Rico, 9, performs a rope trick during the Fiesta Days Parade in Vacaville, Saturday. 2014 marks the 57th year of the parade. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Fiesta Days parade delights hundreds in Vacaville

By From page A9 | May 25, 2014

VACAVILLE — The 57th annual Fiesta Days brought out hundreds of spectators on Saturday to enjoy the parade.

There were about 120 various floats, marching bands and groups that moved down Merchant Street. The participants came from all over the area, many were from Vacaville.

Derek Fong stood with his saxophone in his hands watching the parade. As part of the OutKast Dixieland Band he came out to support the town.

“I’m here to play with the band later but I thought I would enjoy the parade,” he said.

As a former Vacaville High School band member, he remembers his time with the marching band fondly.

“I love music. I have loved jazz since I was about 10 years old. I joined the band when I was around 14,” he said.

The grand marshall for this year’s Fiesta Days parade was Bob Meador. According to the Fiesta Days website, Meador moved to Vacaville in 1978 and has been an active member of the community. He has worked hard to help get grants for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Girl Scouts of America float was No. 94. Girl Scout Vanessa Nunnally, 9, of Browns Valley Elementary, watched the parade in her pink cowboy hat and purple boots. The Girl Scouts let the girls pick their own personal theme for this year, and Vanessa was dressed as a veterinarian.

“When I grow up I want to be a vet and take care of animals,” she said.

This is her fourth year as a Girl Scout and she really likes it.

“I have learned a lot about the community and I get to do things to help other people,” she said.

“We are enjoying the parade. As a military family, parades are a big part of our family. We are happy to be a part of the community,” Sasha Nunnally, her mother said.

Fiesta Days also has a carnival and different bands playing each night. On Saturday, Strange Brew and the Time Bandits entertained crowds. On Sunday, Hispanic Day will bring different Hispanic bands playing downtown. On Monday, the final day for the event, the Kenny Frye Band and Rhythm Method will play during the day.

For more information on Fiesta Days go to http://fiestadays.org.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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