Julian’s ‘Greatest Little Town’ Parade takes it up a notch

The Julian Fourth of July Parade is taking a leap forward with this year’s 20th anniversary production.

“A goal for this year has been to make the parade more fun for everyone, so we’ve added several bands to the line of march,” said Mike Menghini, parade committee chair. “We’re thrilled to have a team of Clydesdale horses clomping down Main Street, hauling a hitch occupied by our grand marshal, Richard Bailey, and his family, and we expect to see vintage cars galore. This year we will have a full day of patriotic entertainment.”

Some of the bands are old friends that join the parade regularly. The Emerald Society Bag Pipes and Drum Band composed of active and retired San Diego area firefighters will again perform in the parade, and the Grand Pacific Band will march down Main Street and perform afterward at American Legion Hall. Under the direction of Pat Pfiffner, Grand Pacific has participated in Julian’s parade for approximately 10 years.

New marching participants include Oceanside-based Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. A member of Drum Corps International, it was rated one of the top five open class drum corps in the world in 2012. Led by Donald Flaherty, Gold has 40 members on brass and percussion.

Mariachi Continental de San Diego, led by Fredd Sanchez, will play traditional mariachi-style music.

Local favorites Jake’s Mountain, with Blake Rodgers and Janice Bina-Smith, will play patriotic Americana tunes. Julian’s Kenner Brothers, on banjo and guitar, will perform bluegrass tunes during the pre-parade activities. And you might want to stick around after the parade to hear these and other Julian favorite groups play at Pioneer Park.

During the parade you’ll get a rare up-close view of the magnificent Clydsdale horses as they draw a hitch down Main Street. Appearance of these horses is courtesy of Julian’s Rabobank.

As always the parade will feature Julian at its best with entries created by people who live there. Highlights include Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, vintage tractors and cars, newly crowned Miss Julian and her court, dancing Mountain Tribal Gypsies, salutes to the military and veterans, Doves and Desperadoes, firefighters and more.

The parade steps off from the Julian High School parking lot promptly at noon on July 4. But it pays to arrive early to locate a good viewing spot along Main Street and to see the annual flyover by vintage World War II aircraft.

In addition to the parade, other Independence Day activities include a barbecue at the American Legion and the Julian Historic Quilt show in Town Hall; you can purchase a chance to win the display quilt designed by Eleanor Burns and stitched by Julian’s best seamstresses.

For more information about the parade, including parking, contact Julian Chamber of Commerce at 760-765-1857 or visit julianparade.com.

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