Spirit of the Pocket Independence Day Parade drew 48 entries

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Photos by Stephen Crowley
stephen@valcomnews.com

The festive, celebratory spirit of a traditional community Independence Day celebration brought together the neighborhood with the annual Spirit of the Pocket Parade on July 4. Totaling the amount of entries this year, one of the judges for the floats this year, Melissa Andrews, said there were 48 entries, and about 90 participants. Adding to that total number were the car clubs, which had as many as 10 to 12 cars in the event. New this year, she said California Family Fitness brought eight stationary bikes with people riding (“spinning) on a flatbed truck. That float won the Most Unique award. Other awardees included Pocket Girls Softball, winning the Most Spirit award; best performance by iYa Taekwondo. There was a toss-up for the “Most Participants” award between Just for Corvettes which boasted 15 cars and the Sacramento Elks Lodge, No. 6 with 11 classic cars. Joining Andrews at the judges’ stand included Linda Powell, Patrick O’Kane, Mark Carlton and Linda Copes.

Deserving of special recognition, Gerry O’Callaghan brought his motorcycle/side car in which rode two goggle-wearing Golden Retrievers. He’s “often a winner, always a crowd pleaser;” Andrews stated. Also a shout out goes to the Sacramento Youth Band, which celebrates 60 years this year and has been coordinated by Mike Duffek for many of those years. Returning this year was Dinger from the River Cats, the universally loved local baseball mascot.

Notables at the parade this year, included politicians Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Vice Mayor Rick Jennings; Assemblyman Richard Pan, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy and Planning & Design Commissioner Doug Covill.

Special thanks also go to the parade committee, which include: Linda Pohl, Kathy Garcia, Mike Higley and Brenda Williams.

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