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Parade entrants march down Merchant Street in Vacaville during the 56th Annual Fiesta Days Parade on Saturday. 120 groups participated in this year's parade. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Vacaville hosts 56th annual Fiesta Days Parade Saturday

By From page A9 | May 26, 2013

VACAVILLE — What do dancing children, Shriners in go-karts, school marching bands, prancing horses, a camel and vintage cars all have in common?

Vacaville’s Fiesta Days Parade.

More than 120 entrants marched down Merchant Street in Vacaville Saturday for the 56th annual Fiesta Days Parade.

The biggest attraction of the day was a camel that marched with Trinity Baptist Church. Dressed in period costumes, the participants promoted the church’s live nativity scene that will be displayed during the Christmas season.

The camel drew excited exclamations from children and adults alike.

Toward the end of the parade, the Ben Ali Shriners of Sacramento deployed their Cibara Motor Corps: Shriners in go-karts.

Like a swarm of angry bees, the Shriners kept formation as they drove around the parade route, invoking applause and smiles from the crowd.

Jack Kempton from the Diamond Grove area of Vacaville said his favorite part of the parade were the dancing horses.

Dance was an important component of the parade: From dancing horses to the Jazzercise dancers, who performed behind a car as they marched down the route, to the Recology Vacaville Solano group.

Ten members of the Recology Vacaville Solano group began the parade pushing metal bins attached to wheels down the parade route. Then they began a choreographed routine around the metal bins while Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business” played in the background.

A highlight of dancing came from the children of the Chapkis Dance Studio. Wearing black T-shirts and shorts, about 50 stern looking children commanded the parade route as they danced to various hip-hop dance routines.

“I enjoyed the classic cars,” said Gustavo Cerriteno who had a prime viewing spot of the parade on Merchant Street. Cerriteno arrived at the parade route with his family around 7 a.m. so he could get the best view of the parade.

Numerous classic cars from Mustangs to Corvettes were on display during the parade.

Cerriteno also said that his favorite part of the parade was the El Rancho Vasquez float that hosted Hispanic cultural music and dancing.

Receiving a respectful applause, “Christine,” a pink fire truck belonging to the Solano Chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon/Pink Heals, made an appearance in the parade.

The fire truck was named after Vacaville resident Christine Franklin, who died from breast cancer in 2011.

“I would come back next year,” Cerriteno said.

Reach John Glidden at 427-6981 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter/glid24.


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