Red, White and Blue Pride
Republic Services employees wave to the crowd of thousands. . -- Photo by Marie Youngcain
Citrus Heights Marching Band presents, beaming with civic pride. -- Photo by Marie Youngcain
Parade Marks Twenty Year Milestone in City’s History
Following a week of temperatures reaching 106 degrees, parade goers were met with temperatures in the mid-70s for the 18th annual Citrus Heights Red, White and Blue Parade on Saturday, June 24. Several thousand residents lined both sides of Sunrise Boulevard between Madison Avenue and Greenback Lane to view more than 60 parade floats, bands, classic cars, and other entries.
At 9 a.m. two sky-divers signaled the beginning of the parade as they swiftly floated to the ground in front of Sunrise Mall. The Citrus Heights Police Department (CHDP) 10-member motorcycle team performed their intricate maneuvers, followed by the CHDP Color Guard and police commanders Gina Anderson and Daman Christensen breaking all the rules of the road driving their miniature vintage police car go-carts.
The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band followed the City Red, White and Blue parade banner which said, “Congratulations City of Citrus Heights 20th Anniversary Celebration’.
Mayor Jeff Slowey, Vice Mayor Steve Miller, council members Jeannie Bruins, Albert Fox and Brett Daniels, followed by Sacramento County Supervisor and former mayor of Citrus Heights Sue Frost, and Assemblyman Ken Cooley all arrived in style in classic 1960s cars provided by Norcal Classic Cars based in Rancho Cordova. Police Chief Ron Lawrence greeted the crowd from atop the Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
The Mayors Award went to the Harmer Family for their 24-foot self-propelled (by real feet) Flintstones 4th of July Party Bus float. Complete with a 12-foot pet Dino overlooking the bus, it took 16 rolls of duct tape to complete the construction. The floats many moving parts and costumes are the secret to what made this the parade’s top winner. The Flintstone clan will be putting on a repeat performance at the Rancho Cordova parade on July 4.
Three entries took Red, White and Blue awards: The Cemetarium Haunted House Productions float, Mesa Verde Junior Mavericks and the U.S. Marines. San Juan Alumni Association along with San Juan cheerleaders and baseball players took the Novelty Award. The Business Division Award went to KaiaFit, a women’s fitness program focusing on exercise and nutrition. Other winners were Neighborhood Association Area 6 - Sunrise Ranch, and Citrus Heights Dance Academy which won the Music Award.
A parade is incomplete without local pageant queens and ambassadors. Miss Citrus Heights, Christina Ma and her court led the way, followed by Miss Greater Sacramento, Miss Metro Sacramento and Miss Orangevale.
As with the City’s 20th anniversary block party held on June 3 at Van Maren Park, parade entries represented City services, businesses, and nonprofits throughout the city and surrounding areas and gave residents a taste of what their city has to offer those of all ages, often revealing something new they didn’t even know existed!