Ramona Main Street Parade: United We Stand

By Maureen Robertson

Ramona’s first full-scale Main Street Parade was 91 entries strong and lasted for one and a half hours on Saturday morning.

Stephanie Norvell, parade sponsor, rides with Don Wendt in his horse-drawn antique doctor's buggy. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Parade watchers lined both sides of Main Street from 13th to Fifth waving, smiling and enjoying the festivities that started with Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsoring the Army Division of the “United We Stand” parade. The ROTC Rifle Guard led the way followed by the rest of the Color Guard. Parade Grand Marshal County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter, a decorated Army Rangers Vietnam veteran, rode atop the VIP Float, a 1940s military tug driven by owner Jim Strimer.

Riding in Don Wendt’s horse-driven antique doctor’s buggy was Stephanie Norvell, who with Chris Anderson sponsored this year’s parade. Longtime Ramona residents and businesswomen, Norvell and Anderson with Town & Country Home Loans & Real Estate said they are proud that the parade is back on Main Street Ramona.

Haley Hammontree, 8, Lexie Hammontree, 3, and Logan Pena, 4, all of Ramona enjoy the Main Street Parade on Saturday. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Ramona High School’s Royal Alliance Band and Color Guard provided music, and members of the Honeycutt family, which provides the stock for the Ramona Rodeo, strode down Main Street on horseback. Rodeo royalty, the Rainbow Riders precision drill team, antique tractors and trucks, patriotic floats, businesses, families, equestrian groups, and even Ramona school buses and workers paraded down Main. Smokey Bear, youth organizations, prancing ponies, Drille Divas, fire trucks, sheriff’s search and rescue, California Highway Patrol, 4-H Stars, and Ramona Junior Fair were among other entries delighting the crowd.

Joe Edwards was one of many Ramonans saying they are happy to see the parade’s return. He was involved in working on Main Street parades in the 1970s, so for him and for others watching Saturday’s parade, it is a town tradition they’d like to see continue. For the younger parade enthusiasts, this was their first Ramona Main Street Parade and, judging on the smiles on their faces and their energetic waves and cheers, they’ll be back for the next one.

Parade Grand Marshal County Supervisor Dianne Jacob rides in the VIP float with former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter, a decorated Vietnam veteran. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Additional festivities presented by the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on Saturday and Sunday are at the rodeo grounds off Aqua Lane, location of the 31st Annual Ramona Rodeo.

Rainbow Riders thrill parade-goers. Sentinel photo/Nancy Stegon

Sentinel photo/Nancy Stegon

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The ROTC Rifle Guard leads the Ramona Main Street Parade. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Ramona Disposal Service makes their presence known in the parade. Sentinel photo/Nancy Stegon

Ramona resident Pat Donovan rides in his rebuilt antique tractor. Sentinel photo/Nancy Stegon

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Posted by Nancy Stegon on May 23 2011. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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