Historic Parade

By Michael Costa / Community CorrespondentApril 24, 2013 

Downtown Raymond turned back the pages of history to celebrate their western heritage, as the 28th Annual Raymond Parade roared through town April 19.

The parade was viewed by more than 200, lining both sides of the Raymond Road and in front of the Raymond General Store to view stage coaches. classic model T-Fords, floats of various local churches, dancers and clowns.

As the sirens of Raymond's Volunteer Fire Department No. 15 screamed announcing the start of the parade, the crowds began to cheer and the hour long celebration began.

"I am just so happy to see everybody out here today," said Grand Marshall Regina Harlow-Talber, who rode in a white convertible with her granddaughter at her side.

County of Madera District 1 Supervisor Manuel Navarez, who rode in a grey classic car with District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, said "This is phenomenal -- this is my first time to the parade and I brought my family and we are having a great time."

One of the highlights of the parade was the Community Dance Theater from Coarsegold, which encourages creativity and individuality, along with music played by the Adams Burns Band. The crowd in the front the Raymond Post Office was clapping their hands and tapping there feet as they watched the troupe perform.

Whether you were a child, who found the parade "super-fun," or an adult, who feels the parade is a great tradition, there was something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The annual parade came to a close with mule-pulled covered wagons, children singing old trail songs and the 'clicking' sound of horses traveling down the roadway.

What remained was a community that is firmly planted in their roots. One parade observer said "this a great little community. I like the western atmosphere and everybody takes care of each other."

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow said it simply -- "The Raymond Parade is the best. It's about a community coming together."

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