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Downtown Parade Hits Plenty Of High Notes
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Members of the Escalon Senior Fun Bunch marched, many of the senior citizens playing kazoos, during the Saturday morning Park Fete parade on July 15. Marg Jackson/The Times

As the saying goes, ‘everyone loves a parade’ and the crowd that turned out to enjoy the 2023 Park Fete parade couldn’t have agreed more.

The parade formed along Coley Avenue and followed a route that took them on Coley, turning on to First Street and then on to Main, heading past the Main Street Park area and on down before dispersing a few streets later.

Taking off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, members of the Escalon American Legion Post 263 color guard presented the colors to lead the way, just ahead of Grand Marshal John Paladichuk. The festive crowd lined both sides of Main as they listened to emcee Robert Swift announce the entries and provide some background information. In many cases, he also visited briefly with those in the cars or on the floats. Many entries also made sure to toss candy to the crowd and, as the parade neared its end about 11 a.m., the popular RCM Power Washing truck provided a cooling spray for those that chose to run through it.

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The Modesto Shriners were once again a hit with their popular ‘Mini Lizzies’ and sent plenty of bubbles flying into the crowd lining both sides of Man Street during the July 15 Park Fete parade. Marg Jackson/The Times
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This entry in the parade featured Robert Longstreth, surrounded by grandchildren, representing Longstreth Land and Co., waving to those watching along the route. Marg Jackson/The Times