With the temperature pushing 90, an estimated 1,000 people lined both sides of Raymond Road for a mile to watch fire trucks, motorcycles and floats pass by as part of the 32nd Annual Raymond Parade.
Tom Hilton, a retired general contractor from Carmel, moved to Coarsegold three years ago, and he and his wife Melody have attended the parade all three years.
“This is great wholesome, family fun,” Melody said. “It’s so Mayberry R.F.D., a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”
“I have loved this whole area from the time I started fishing at Bass Lake 30 years ago,” Tom said. “We left Carmel because we got tired of the traffic and all the tourists over there. We love Coarsegold and we love coming out to the Raymond Parade.”
Creed Habeck, 9, of Mariposa, didn’t miss a single parade entry standing near the Raymond General Store.
“I really liked all the fire trucks because of all the lights and the loud sirens,” beamed Habeck.
Raymond Community Association President, Susan Larsen, said she was pleased with the “incredible turn-out for our small town parade. The community appreciates all the people who support the parade and the town of Raymond.”
Larsen said profits from the event will provide a $500 scholarship to two graduates at each area high school - Minarets, Yosemite and Mariposa.
This year, for the first time in the history of the event, the Grand Marshal, was a business - the Raymond Granite Quarry - a company that has contributed generously to support Raymond’s growth over many years.