Dead­line for Fourth of July pa­rade near­ing

Late fees for en­tries to start af­ter June 15

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Perry Smith Sig­nal Deputy Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

The Santa Clarita Val­ley’s Fourth of July Pa­rade is once again pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate Amer­ica’s in­de­pen­dence next month, and time is run­ning out to reg­is­ter en­tries, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

“We have been de­scribed as the largest small-town pa­rade in the coun­try,” said Linda Storli, the pa­rade’s chair, “and I’m re­ally proud of our pa­rade.”

The pa­rade is be­ing held in me­mory of Bob­bie True­blood Davis, a long­time sup­porter and or­ga­nizer of the pa­rade who died in De­cem­ber at age 93. The True­blood fam­ily owned The Sig­nal for 25 years be­fore sell­ing the pa­per in 1963.

Fred True­blood III is set to be the grand mar­shall this year, with the theme planned around, “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

A more than 90-year tra­di­tion in the SCV, the pa­rade cel­e­brates lo­cal vet­er­ans, com­mu­nity

groups and, of course, as the theme im­plies, pa­tri­o­tism.

“I’m very pa­tri­otic, I mean over the top pa­tri­otic, and so when the col­ors go by, and the vet­er­ans, I’ll usu­ally sit there with tears run­ning down my face. I get very emo­tional,” Storli added. “I also love to see the kids.”

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the displays of pa­tri­o­tism for the 2-mile pa­rade is a lo­cal high school march­ing band put to­gether for the event, from lo­cal stu­dents who are still in town over the sum­mer, Storli said.

Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff Jim McDon­nell will be join­ing a host of lo­cal of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Santa Clarita City Coun­cil mem­bers and state and fed­eral of­fi­cials who rep­re­sent the SCV, such as Rep. Steve Knight.

Storli thanked the city and count­less vol­un­teers for the hard work put in to make the pa­rade hap­pen.

There’s still time for res­i­dents to vol­un­teer or get in­volved in the ac­tual pa­rade.

A late fee ap­plies for pa­rade en­tries sub­mit­ted af­ter June 15. The fi­nal dead­line is June 22, ac­cord­ing to the event’s web­site.

The in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the pa­rade’s web­site, cat­e­gory/pa­rade.

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