River City High cheerleaders go airborne on Park Boulevard (all photos in this article are News-Ledger photos)
Editor’s note: The News-Ledger covered last week’s Veterans Day Parade with an article and several photos in its Nov. 16 edition.
Following are more photos from the dozens we took, along with the Nov. 16 article.
NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 16, 2011
The damp skies showed some mercy, and the first try at a Veterans Day Parade down Park Boulevard last Friday went off pretty smoothly. A reported estimated the crowd along the route as certainly into the hundreds, if not a thousand spectators.
A few drizzles came as the participants were lining up at Westmore Oaks Elementary School on Clarendon Street.
“I’ll bet if it didn’t rain, we would have had way more people,” said organizer Debbie Reynolds of Eskaton, the parade’s chief sponsor. But she added that the whole venture went off pretty well.
“I was surprised how well everyone put together their parade entry,” said Reynolds. “I hope to do it again next year.”
The parade featured a tribute to the veterans – including seven of them serving as grand marshals and one, Ron Jones of Channel 13, serving as MC. There was also a Vietnam War-era helicopter, a mounted crew from the West Sacramento Trail Riders Association, cheerleading troupes who performed dangerous-looking aerial stunts over the asphalt, and the Cal Aggie Marching Band.
Students from River City High's Interact Club
The reviewing stand: standing at right is Master of Ceremonies Ron Jones. Next to him, from right, are city council members Mark Johannessen, Bill Kristoff, Chris Ledesma and Oscar Villegas; Supervisor Mike McGowan; and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada
West Sac. Police Lieutenant Dave Delaini, one of the grand marshals of the parade
Francis Resta, another vet and grand marshal
1st Lt. Philip Webster, a grand marshal
Veteras of Foreign Wars Riders Association
Roger Dickinson, 9th District Assemblyman
A Viet Nam-era "Huey" helicopter, from the Viet Nam Helicopter Pilots Association
The Cal Aggie Marching Band from UC Davis, making quick work of Park Boulevard
The Aggie band shows its unique marching style
West Sacramento Police Department's school resource officer vehicle
Retired Sacramento fire truck on parade
West Sacramento Fire Department's ladder truck -- the rear half, under independent control, is swung to the side and out of sight of the camera
Sacramento City College cheer team
Veterans Post 6949
West Sacramento Girl Scouts
Vietnam Veterans of America, Sacramento Chapter
River City High School band
West Sacramento Elks Lodge
RCHS Interact Club members march in the parade and collect "Toys for Tots"
Guardian Knights Drum Corps of Sacramento
West Sacramento's Cub Scout Pack
Above & below: the Sacramento Sirens cheer squad
Private Jack Hawkins (a parade grand marshal) in the driver's seat
River City High School's cheerleaders, towering above the pavement
RCHS cheerleading squad defying gravity
West Sacramento Trail Riders Association
You know the parade is over when you see the 'Pooper Scooper' car!
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