Nov 172011

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


RCHS 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


Classic cars

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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