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CORRECTED: Deadline looms for July 4th entries

Posted: June 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.

A member of the Lazy Boys, of Santa Clarita, rides his chair down Lyons Avenue for the Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July Parade last year. This year’s deadline for participation in the parade is Sunday.

One of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most time-honored traditions, the annual Fourth of July parade will celebrate America’s independence this year with a salute to women’s suffrage when it begins at 9 a.m.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in California, and 91st anniversary nationally.

In keeping with the theme and the anniversary, women — collectively — will be the grand marshal this year.

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, Councilwoman Laurene Weste and many other women will be marching, instead of riding, in 1850s to 1920s period attire as a tribute to the women who marched for women’s suffrage.

“Our valley was just forming when the women’s suffrage movement started,” Weste said. “It’s important for our daughters and granddaughters to remember these women (who worked for women’s right to vote).”

Along with celebrating women’s vote, the Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July Parade Committee is dedicating this year’s parade to Morris Deason, a longtime veterans advocate and World War II veteran. With his trademark 1958 blue Chevrolet.
Deason, who died Wednesday, was considered a parade fixture.

The deadline for registering to enter the parade is Sunday. Local organizations and residents are encouraged to participate in one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s longest-running events.

Under no circumstances will entries be accepted after June 26 at 5 p.m., parade organizers said.

Preregistration for those who have signed up to participate in the parade starts at 6 a.m. on July 4, which is a Monday. The parade will last about an hour to an hour and a half.

The parade will start at Hart Park, go north on Main Street, left on Lyons Avenue, north onto Orchard Village Road, and end at 16th Street.

Street closures for the parade will include Main Street going both directions from Pine Street to Lyons; Lyons going both directions from San Fernando Road to Orchard Village; Orchard Village going both directions from Lyons to 16th Street, ending at 16th Street.

Before the parade, the Santa Clarita Runners group is sponsoring a 10K race at 7 a.m.,a Kids K race starting at 7:45 a.m. and a 5k walk or run starting at 8 a.m.

The 10k race will follow the South Fork trail, and the 5k and Kids K race will follow the parade route.

The Santa Clarita Rotary Club is hosting a pancake breakfast in the Roger Dunne Golf parking lot on San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets starting at 6:30 a.m.

“The parade’s theme of women’s suffrage is particularly poignant at this time, when our troops are fighting overseas to allow democracy to take hold,” said Leon Worden, an SCV Fourth of July Parade Committee member. “One of the big manifestations of that is restoring women’s right to vote (around the world).”

For more information, visit For women who would like to participate in the grand marshal march, email

This version corrects the time of the 10K Independence Day race.


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