Pocket Parade to be held July 4 – floats, volunteers needed

Valley Community Newspapers staff

The annual Fourth of July Spirit of the Pocket Parade, the largest parade event in the Pocket-Greenhaven area, is preparing for another magnificent patriotic celebration and is looking to the community for volunteers and floats. The parade, to be held on July 4 this year, is a popular community-produced visual spectacle.

The Fourth of July Pocket Parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Parkway Oaks Park, next to Lisbon Elementary on South Land Park Drive. The parade will then travel down Windbridge, ending at Garcia Bend Park.

“We are looking for people to step forward with floats,” said Linda Pohl, parade committee chair. “Our main thing is to make this great visual presentation, so we would like a lot of floats.”

Volunteers are needed to support the efforts (and the fun) of the 17th annual Fourth of July Pocket Parade. To volunteer in positions ranging from pre-parade phone calls, blocking streets (while sitting in a comfortable chair), parade marshals and helping with the after-parade activities at Garcia Bend, e-mail linda@valcomnews.com or contact her at The Pocket News at (916) 429- 9901.

Parade float entry forms can be picked up at The Pocket News office, 2709 Riverside Blvd. Completed entries can be dropped off at the newspaper office or emailed to linda@valcomnews.com. All pre-registered parade entrants will be part of the parade judging. Entries will be judged against others in their group type.

Preparations are already underway to make the parade bigger and better than ever before.

“We have the Friends of the Library doing something great – they seem to do a great float every year,” said Pohl. “In addition to booths after the parade, we will have a carnival put on by the Friends of the Library and it will have games and activities.”

A special addition to the event is Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as grand marshal of the parade. Keep an eye out for District 7 Sacramento City Council Member Darrell Fong on horseback. TV personalities Nick Toma and Angel Cardenas will serve as parade MCs, announcing the floats and the parade participants as they pass by.

Garcia Bend Boat Ramp closed

Due to the path of the parade, the boat ramp at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area will close from 10 p.m. Saturday, July 2, until 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day festivities. Alternative boat ramps are available at Discovery Park and Clarksburg.

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