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The patriots' parade: SCV celebrates Fourth of July

By Jim Holt

Posted: July 4, 2012 10:55 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2012 10:55 p.m.

Boy Scout Zach Cashin hands out American flags along Main Street during the Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade in Newhall on Wednesday.

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The Santa Clarita Valley was awash in red, white and blue today as the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade wound its way past hundreds of curb-side fans for the 80th time.

As tubas tuned up and young cheerleaders stretched near Newhall Avenue and Main Street before the parade started at 9 a.m., everyone was apparently gearing up for a fun time.

“They loved the horses the most,” said parade watcher Mike Phillips.

His 7-year-old daughter, Kylie, however, said she preferred the princesses.

This year’s parade princess processional included: Miss Santa Clarita Valley Amanda Larsson-Dally, Ms. SCV Brigitte Prouty, Miss Teen SCV Madison Summers, Junior Miss SCV Brooke Dawson, Little Miss SCV Queen Lexy Salazar and her two accompanying princesses, Sydney Smith and Aaniyah Smith.

Scores of vintage cars — some older than Santa Clarita — revved their engines as they followed the parade along Lyons Avenue, Orchard Village Road and 16th Street.

Sporty convertibles unrolled their roofs, making room for local celebrities such as Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita.

From a blue Corvette convertible Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry reminded families sitting curb-side to “come out to the fireworks tonight.”

The flowing purple dress worn by Miss SCV spilled over the back of a black convertible as she waved to onlookers.

And, it was a shiny, red convertible for Capt. Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station who waved and told parade watchers to enjoy the Fourth of July.

Although the displayed colors remained the same in shades of red, white and blue, the voice of each parade participant sounded unique.

From the chorus of tiny bicycle bells chiming behind the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles float to the “a-wooo-ga, a-wooo-ga” sound of vintage car horns and from the “rat-a-tat-tat” of the Los Angeles Fife & Drum to the barbershop harmonies of the Santa Clarita Valley Men of Harmony, Santa Clarita Valley sounded joyful in several different ways.

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, arrived in a jeep with his wife, Patricia McKeon, each sporting blue denim.

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