Hundreds of individuals gathered in downtown Solvang on Sunday morning to celebrate the Fourth of July with the return of the annual parade sponsored by the Solvang Rotary Club.

“It’s very crucial to the local community of Solvang and the citizens of this state that the Fourth of July is celebrated just like it was two years back,” stated Artwork Kaslow, the club’s president. “Very significant that we never lose any of the traditions or celebrations.”

The Solvang Rotary Club normally puts on the Independence Working day parade every single yr, but last year’s procession was canceled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though the Fourth of July parade has taken area on Highway 246 (Mission Travel) in the past, this year’s parade took a various route as a result of the downtown place due to the fact organizers didn’t have time to safe condition permits for the standard route.

The parade begun at Alisal Street and Oak Road, went up to Copenhagen Generate, then west to Second Avenue, south to Oak Avenue, and back again to Alisal Highway.

The concept of this year’s parade was “God Bless America” and initial responders “on the frontline retaining us safe” had been honored as the grand marshals.

Crisis room team, alongside with their family members, from Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Medical center waved to individuals looking at, as they chanted “we care for you,” adopted by numerous U.S. navy veterans and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

“We liked (the parade),” Solvang resident Macy Weiser claimed. “It was so lovable and so charming.

We’re pretty joyful that individuals can come go to and matters are opening again up again so we can really get to experience the neighborhood and take pleasure in this minimal lovable, compact city.”

A total of 52 entries were in the parade, consisting of community companies walking, dancing or using the parade route in vintage cars, bicycles, horses, fireplace trucks, and even California Tacos’ foods truck.

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Amid the Solvang parade’s honorees had been Air Force veterans Rudie Henderson, still left, who served in the Korean War, and Al Salge, who served in Vietnam. (Serena Guentz / Noozhawk image)

The Vikings of Solvang towed its big carved Viking by the parade, as effectively as a Viking ship float that members rode in as they waved to spectators.

The Solvang Trolley & Carriage Firm used its two newly inaugurated electric powered trolleys to transport the Solvang Metropolis Council, as effectively as its horse-drawn trolley with two Belgian draft horses.

The Buellton Metropolis Council and county Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann also created appearances in the parade.

Various individuals tossed candy to kids or sprayed spectators with drinking water guns.

Meanwhile, Veggie Rescue, a nearby nonprofit group that collects and distributes excess create from farms and farmers markets, drove its truck down the route and handed out baggage of little one carrots.

Just after the parade concluded, company have been invited to migrate to Solvang Park, where bands played reside music and the Rotary Club experienced set up a foodstuff booth to provide sandwiches, ice cream, chips, drinks and additional.

The common evening fireworks present, organized by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club, was canceled for the 2nd 12 months in a row.

Solvang’s Independence Day parade
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Equestrians wave to spectators in the course of Solvang’s Independence Working day parade. (Serena Guentz / Noozhawk photograph)

The recent reopening from the pandemic did not look to detract from persons experiencing the festivities in Solvang, as the parade attracted a significant group.

“It’s genuinely been two years and there is been this pent-up demand from customers for people to be in a park (to celebrate),” Kaslow claimed. “(The range of people who attended) is probably about what we had two years ago. I would say it’s about the exact.”

The 2021 Parade Awards and recipients ended up:

» Sweepstakes – Flat Fender Friends

» Ideal Use of Parade Concept – Daughters of the American Revolution

» Most Patriotic – “Stars & Stripes” Bill Hopper’s Mustang Dr. Crew

» Most Primary – Caleb Moon, 2021 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Junior Barrellman

» Most Amusing – The Bachelor Ben Sieke

» Most Inventive – Jon Anderson’s Tiny Artwork Autos

» Most effective Band – Tequileros Jovenes

» Finest Singing Team – Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

» Best Singing – Solitary – Amanda Kadlubek, Santa Ynez Valley Neighborhood Link

» Most effective Household Group – Webb Family Van der Stahl Scientific

» Ideal Church Group – San Lorenzo Seminary

» Most effective Senior Group – Atterdag Village of Solvang

» Ideal Wagon – Solitary – Ernest Bankston’s Radio Flyer Wagon

» Most effective Auto Team – Product A Clubs of Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria

» Best Auto – Single – Jeff & Barbara Winter’s 1966 Shelby GT-350 Fastback

» Very best Vehicle – Restored – Michael & Elizabeth Snyder’s 1964 Black Cadillac Convertible

» Greatest Automobile – Antique – Ron & Cindy Long’s Midnight Blue 1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster

» Best Hearth Engine – Solvang Hearth Station 30

» Best Tractor – Greg Fanning’s 5520 John Deere with a 9-foot disc

» Greatest Equestrian Group – Charros of Santa Ynez

» Most effective Equestrian – Single – Rod Simmon of Solvang Riders

» Finest Viking Ship – Vikings of Solvang

» Most effective Coloration Guard – American Legion Publish #160

» Best Road Sweeper – SP Servicing

» Road Apple Crew – Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Riders

» Most effective Sport Team – Santa Ynez Valley Union Significant College Water Polo Teams

» Finest Dancing Group – Garcia Dance Studio

» Most Energetic – Patty’s Pickleball Express

» Ideal Group for a Lead to – Buellton Senior Center Santa Ynez Valley Neighborhood Outreach

» Finest School Team – Arabian Horse Riding Academy

» Finest Audience Participation – Veggie Rescue

» Ideal Pet – Little Artwork Cars

» Ideal Sweet Throwers – Vikings of Solvang

» Most effective Trolley – Solvang Trolley & Ice Product Parlor

» Most effective Healthcare Group – Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Medical center staff members

— Serena Guentz is a regional freelance author. Call her at [email protected].

By Harmony