From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952.
The Fourth of July parade was so long that its head met its tail. Floats and marchers stretched from the Hotel Lauff south on Front to L Street, back along Second Street to Seaside Hospital and back to the starting point. This was roughly two miles.
This is the longest Fourth of July parade that we have ever had, remarked Billy Boone, chairman of the annual celebration.
Eric Hanke of the Crescent Shrine Club drum and bugle corps blew his whistle at 10:16. The signal started the city police car, followed by Sheriff C. W. Glover on horseback.