This year’s parade winners are:

Crescent City Cowgirls, horse division

Chip Away Chucks, bicycle

Jim Holmes, pre-1960 car

Parkway Feed and Chimney Kraft, business float

Boy Scouts, walking division

Del Norte Community Marching Band, marching band

Jared Radison, customized cars

Gasquet Fire and Rescue, fire truck

Del Norte Special Olympics; Del Norte High School Cheer; and the Redwood Happiness Initiative, non-profit floats

This year’s grand winner was the entry No. 3 from the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.

Thousands of people lined Crescent City’s downtown on Wednesday.

Youngsters scrambled for candy and clamped hands over their ears when the Jed Smith Mountain Men shot off their rifles. The adults cheered on runners, first responders, veterans and other participants in the community’s Independence Day parade.

For Mandie Buckskin, watching the parade from a spot near 5th and H streets has been a family tradition for about 40 years. She said she enjoys reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen in a long time before heading to Beachfront Park to checkout the various vendors.

“Our parents used to bring us here,” she said. “They both passed, but we still have to come here, and we have new babies.”

Jenn Benn, who was at the parade with her 2-year-old daughter Tayah and niece and nephew Johanna and little Charlie Davis, said her favorite part of the event is seeing the kids get excited about it. Resplendent in a star-spangled tutu and red, white and blue fairy wings, Tayah got into the spirit, waiving a U.S. flag while playing with her cousins.

“We come every year,” Benn said. “For me, as a mom I love watching my kids get excited.”

With the theme this year being “From Sea to Shining Tree,” in commemoration of Redwood National and State Parks’ 50th anniversary, many entries incorporated Del Norte’s seascapes and forests.

There were 102 entries in the parade this year, said Sarah Caron, executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce. Sutter Coast Hospital, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and Tobacco-free Del Norte sponsored the parade, allowing people to participate for free.

The judges this year were Tammy Wakefield, Melody Kime, Melodee Mitchell and Patrick Hawkins. Crescent City Mayor Blake Inscore and Eric Dremann, marketing director at Lucky 7 Casino, were the announcers.

Lucky 7 is a major sponsor of Crescent City’s fireworks display, Caron said. Money for the fireworks show also came from the proceeds of the chamber’s deck party.

“We had an incredible night at the deck party,” Caron said. “Preliminary numbers looked like we increased sales from last year and now we can continue to have an amazing fireworks show. It’s been a good show all around.”

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