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On July 4th, citizens braved the hot weather to attend the Carmichael Elks’ 53rd annual parade along Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael. People of all ages lined the streets, and most wore the traditional red, white, and blue and waved American flags.
The parade was led by two California Highway Patrol cruisers followed by two Sacramento Fire Department vehicles, all with lights, sirens and American flags. Several queens and princesses of various municipalities rode in vintage cars. San Juan Unified School District sponsored two school busses, and P.O.W./M.I.A. and The Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the Revolution
(dressed in vintage dresses), were also parade participants. The Parks and Recreation District pick-up was followed by several skateboarders.
Eleven-month-old Ryder Patterson attended the event with his parents. His father Shane stated that the matching shirt that said “Mommy’s Little Firecracker” could not be found, so he was dressed in a white shirt and red shorts and white stars.
Bottled water and candy were passed out by parade participants to children along the route. Belly dancers in vivid costumes from Jodette’s Belly Dance Academy shimmied down Fair Oaks Boulevard followed by horses, military jeeps and bands. Students of Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts and Robinson’s Taekwondo provided martial arts moves along the parade route, and uniformed Boy and Girl Scouts chanted slogans as they walked by the review stand.