By Jennifer Grimes
Triplicate staff writer
Screaming sirens and roaring Harley Davidson motorcycles kicked off Crescent Citys July 4 parade yesterday.
Loud and shiny, the Harleys and their riders donned American flags and red, white, and blue bandannas to show their spirit for the day.
Following was the deep, melodic hum of the Scottish bagpipes, which resonated among the beats of patriotic drums as the North Coast Pipe Band marched by.
Oh, yeah, Im having a great time!, said Louisa Osei-tutu of Ghana, West Africa, who was among the many who crowded the parade route.
This was Louisas first ever Fourth of July parade. She is a foreign exchange student who has been in America for six months.
I like this small town parade, because it is so personal. People really know each other here, which makes it more fun, she said.
As the vintage, red fire trucks whooped their horns, the occasional runner from the holiday 10k road run would go by inspiring loud cheers of yea, runner, from the crowd.
Shotgun blasts boomed from the buck-skin draped Mountain Men who exuded the pioneering spirit.
Many of the Mountain Men carried several guns and knives at once.
In those days, you couldnt have enough weapons due to the single-shot guns, said Richard Stein, a native of Montana.
Among the throngs of spectators and folding chairs was the red hair and freckles of Wes Wilson, 12, who came to town from San Francisco to see the parade and visit family.
I liked when those guys shot off their guns, he said, referring to the Mountain Men.
There were 100 entries in the parade this year.
Five judges, two of Crescent City, one of Gasquet, one of Klamath, and one of Smith River, presided over the entrants.
There are three main criteria we use to judge by: how well they incorporated the millennium theme; their level of originality; and their level of workmanship, said judge Linda LaMarr.