While it may have lacked the flair and dazzle of President Trump's lavish 4th of July Celebration in Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara's annual Fourth of July downtown parade was full of patriotism and its own brand of politics.
The 56th Annual 4th of July Parade was put on by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, and featured more than 150 entries. The parade began on Micheltorena Street and rolled to Cota Street.
Thousands of tourists and locals lined State Street to watch the procession.
Participants included the Vietnam Veterans of American, the Knights of Columbus, the Santa Barbara Fire Department, the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 218, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Pipe & Drum Corps, La Boheme Dance Group and veterans from World War II.
The parade also featured marching bands, dance groups, military vehicles, horses and vintage cars.
“It's fabulous,” said Ruth Rech, a Santa Barbara resident, who attended the parade along with her husband, Greg Rech, and their two granddaughters, Noah and Piper Hollander, who were visiting from Washington. “The parade offers a nice variety.”
Noah said the parade is “really cool” and “I like the animals.”
Several local officials also participated in the parade, including State Sen. Hannah Beth-Jackson, Santa Barbara First District county Supervisor Das Williams, Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, and several Santa Barbara City Council members.
The parade was followed by the 2019 Concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden, with the theme of Ellis Island: The Dream of America.
Festivities also took place along the Santa Barbara Waterfront, with musical and dance performances culminating in a fireworks display.
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