From a full marching band to a float that bellowed fire into the air, the 30th Annual Raymond Parade came alive last weekend to the delight of hundreds lining the small town’s streets.
Children hunted down candy tossed by waving participants from more than 30 entries, miniature American flags were handed out by Caring Veterans of America float to the salutes of many, and everywhere one looked, smiles and applause were abundant.
“This is always just a lot of fun and a great way to enjoy the town,” said Brad Winner, who along with his wife Connie has announced the parade the last 12 years. “It’s definitely one of the best days of the year.”
Entrants to the well-loved event included rangers from Yosemite National Park, queen royalty from this year’s Coarsegold Rodeo, Raymond’s 4-H Club, and Sierra Shadow Casters Motorcycle Club.
When the parade finished, many attendees spent time at the Raymond Museum, participated in activities like gold panning to learn some of the town’s history, and enjoyed food booths or a craft sale.
Dale and Patti Kascht, who have lived in Raymond for more than 20 years, were selected as Grand Marshals this year.