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What Time is the Napa 4th of July Parade?

We answer your questions and provide a route map for the upcoming Independence Day parade in Napa, which steps off at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the Fourth of July with Margrit Mondavi as grand marshal.

For the best view of this year's Napa Fourth of July Parade, arrive early and bring your lawn chair and sun protection.

That's the advice of organizer Doris Gentry, who promises "the biggest parade ever."

Ten thousand people attended last year's parade, according to the web site napafourth.com, where Gentry advises viewers to claim their family spots along the route by 8:30 a.m. July 4 because "the streets WILL fill up."

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Second and School streets downtown and moves east on Second, north on Main and west on First Street, past the reviewing stand at Dwight Murray Plaza, to end at First and School streets.

This year’s parade theme is "Take me Out to the Ball Game," and Gentry encourages viewers to "dress in red, white and blue and wear your favorite team hat!"

Among the dozens of parade entries, Gentry lists

Wells Fargo Stage Coach pulled by the amazing Draft Horses

Jelly Belly - candy for everyone - at 10am - sorry moms!

Horses and Horses and more Horses

- they are a SHOW stopper - can't miss them!

Ballet Folklorico - cute kids in fancy dresses and all dancing!

Fun cars & Model T's

Keller Tractor Works

Little Leagues & Babe Ruth Sports League

Sons in Retirement

Miss Napa County and her Court

Dancers

Politicians

No CA Irish Wolfhounds Club - giant dogs - wow, how fun!

Grand Marshal Margrit Mondavi

& their amazing Kazoo Band

Fire trucks

The Napa All City Marching Band

and they have a GREAT entry this year!

Master Gardeners of Napa County

Napa Relay for Life

Bell Products

& their friends

& their friends

American Medical Response

and the Shakespeare Troupe

Poor Broke Cowboy

Xochiquetzal Folkloric Group

Napa Valley Culture of Life

Enchanted Hills Camp

Bertagna Military Vehicles of CA

Rabobank

PLUS dozens more - this is going to be the parade to remember in Napa.

It's not too late to register an entry, become a sponsor or volunteer for the parade: See napafourth.com.

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Patty Peterson June 28, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Yes, indeedy, the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will be marching. Here is the link to their website: http://ucanr.org/sites/ucmgnapa/ And they can also be found on Facebook.
Bill Poon July 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
This year the parade welcomes a new award category for BEST FLOAT DESIGN, sponsored by Napa Valley Architects Exchange. This category focuses on the design aspects of the floats in particular, and includes any rolling vehicles entered in the parade. The award is a $100. prize along with custody of the winner's plaque for the next year. The judging criteria includes creativity, originality, eye appeal, relevance to this year's theme, craftsmanship, and degree of difficulty. This year's judges are NVAE members David Horobin, John Kasten, Sarah Marshall, Bill Poon, and John Ward.

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