Napa 4th of July: Your Photos and Ours

Relive Wednesday's parade with these photos from Napa Patch readers, plus the judges' results. Was this the best Napa Fourth of July celebratiion yet? Tell us in the comments and if you have photos you'd like to share, we welcome you to add them.


What a parade! Congratulations to Doris Gentry, Napa Sunrise Rotary and all the entries in this year's Fourth of July extravaganza Wednesday morning.

And deepest thanks to the Napa Patch readers who have contributed photos from the parade.

The parade theme, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," led to some creative surprises including baseball-playing dogs, horses decked with whiffle balls and taiko drummers singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

The judges' complete results accompany this article; here are the top winners:

Equestrian first place: Carneros Caballeros and band

Floats - Corporate and Business first place: Jelly Belly

Floats - Non-Profit first place: Napa Valley Taiko

Walking- Non-Profit first place: Xochiquetzal Folkloric Group

Exhibition Only first place: Poor Broke Cowboy

The parade grand marshal was Margrit Mondavi and the judges were Rick Molinari, Barbara Nemko, Dorothy Salmon and Todd Zapolski.

For more parade photos, please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/NapaCAPatch.

sandi July 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
HATED having to listen to the radio broadcast explaining what was right in front of me...The parade was great! Except the gunfire and the car engins that reved up...Those noises with horses are not a good mix. I saw very small children that were terrified and my dog came unglued...
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Napa TV was recording the whole thing and I bet the finished video will be a lot of fun to watch (maybe with the mute button handy for the dog's sake).
Jamie Clemons July 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It was pretty nice in the front of the parade... I didnt see all what in this year...But now I can say from photographer side or being in parade side how DIFFERENT it is!
sandi July 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Yes, I would watch it again!! But mute button ready on the sound level! It was a great parade!
Tom Kalbrener July 04, 2012 at 11:41 PM
thought the parade was great! not real formal but sincere. would have liked to have a marching band or two. Miss them from growing up in small town MN. lots of smiles and loot. Machine gun was pretty spooky. Those guys love their Jeeps and gear.
Gary Thompson July 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
The parade was nice. Perfect hometown Americana. Loved the mixture of diversity with politics and culture. I'd say the route provided a great view for everyone, so that was nice to see. I'll post photos I shot - if anyone wants copies, just contact me through here.
Matt Jackson July 05, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Next year we need more guns and less dogs. My kids love the noise-what kid doesn't? Suggestion #1: judge booth at the end or the beginning-then the parade flows and doesn't stop. Suggestion #2: More candy. (but hard candy breaks!) Suggestion #3: I'm all of tolerance but the drag "princess" was in poor taste -and what an ugly one too! (let's celebrate the Napa Princess-that's old school!) Great coverage Patch! Kudos x5
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Gary, your photos are just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Big, big thanks to Lilea Duran, Gary Thompson and Charlene Whitney Horton for sharing your photos. They're great!
Rick Turko July 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Hey Louisa! Thanks for the great coverage. One question - the article says that "The judges' complete results accompany this article" but I don't see the link anymore. I saw it yesterday but it appears to have disappeared. When I looked at it yesterday I did notice that the Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride/Napa Valley Unity League contingent wasn't anywhere on the results list.
Gary Thompson July 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thanks Louisa - what a great experience yesterday to photograph our community!\
Rick Turko July 05, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Found it! It's a Scribd PDF. Still wonder why the Pride/Unity League group with all the balloons didn't even receive a score.
Karen Garcia July 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sorry I missed it; next year I resolve to be here! Looks like there was a lot of diversity: Master Gardeners drill team, Taiko drummers, hoopers, Poor Broke Cowboys, and a drag Princess (what's in poor taste, by the way, is to make negative comments about others' appearance). Next year, let's eliminate the guns, have more dogs, and definitely a marching band or two.
Matt Jackson July 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The guns were part of the Marine drill team and the Army Jeep. Both very classy and appropriate. The guns that were in bad taste were the Poor Broke Cowboys-which you liked-and were pointing the six shooters (blanks) at the crowd. How can you have any suggestions when you didn't attend?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I agree, Tom, to me that's the main thing missing from Napa's parades: more bands! The Mexican band was just fantastic, though. That valve trombonist was just tearing it up. Here's to more brass in 2013.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
That is very strange. It was a terrific entry. I have more video coming.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I'm glad you liked the parade photos, Karen. My boss said they made him feel as if he'd watched it, too. Paul and I did think the constant "gunfire" from the machine gun on one of the Jeeps was a jarring note. Fourth of July is about independence, not war machines. The other Jeep driver who was giving the peace sign made us smile.
Bill Miller July 05, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I did attend and I agree 100% with Karen!
Karen Garcia July 05, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Matt: so you believe that no one should ever make suggestions or have opinions about anything she hasn't personally seen or experienced? I guess that might have been possible before our human ancestors descended from the trees, but it's a little hard to imagine a world like that today. Good luck with that. And, it wasn't the guns that you said were in "poor taste." It was the presence of a human being whom you called "ugly." Completely uncalled for, IMHO, and hardly indicative of a tolerant person.
Jamie Clemons July 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I also shared few photos .. While I walked in the parade...
Scott Yeager July 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Yeah, Matt, we get it that you and your kids like guns and you want more of them.
sandi July 08, 2012 at 04:02 AM
We could eliminate the guns-in any form. We don't need to be remined about guns- they are in every news broadcast and I would like a day where kids and dogs don't fear having to hear them....I don't like them at all..and don't like the noisy cars for the same reason. I enjoyed seeing the cars...just not hearing them...did miss the marching bands....


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