Fourth of July parade delights

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By Adam Madison

Triplicate staff writer

Kids and their families began their Fourth of July with smiles that warmed up the overcast Fourth of July parade Wednesday morning.

andquot;I thought we had about the same amount that we had last year,andquot; said Kelly Schellong, city council member and an announcer for this year's parade.

andquot;There were about 84 entries,andquot; Schellong said.

The Jed Smith Mountain Men shot blackpowder blanks off into the air in succession, prompting the younger kids to clamp their ears shut, smiling the whole time.

Candy was thrown out by the handful, leaving a noticeable mess after the parade was over.

Home Depot made its first appearance in the parade with a float that had a playground built on to it.

The Beachfront Fair was a city in itself because so many people had arrived for the event.

More began to show up after the sun burned the cloud cover away.

andquot;It's turned into a real monster,andquot; said Dave Montez, local barber and Crescent City resident of more than 20 years.

andquot;It's good to see such a large turnout for a community event, I'm happy to see the success of an event like this grow,andquot; said Chief of Police Doug Plack.

Plack said that his officers had andquot;only made two arrests,andquot; by noon.

Reach Adam Madison at amadison@triplicate.comson@triplicate.comlike this grow,andquot; said Chief of Police Doug Plack.

Plack said that his officers had andquot;only made two arrests,andquot; by noon.

Reach Adam Madison at amadison@triplicate.com

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