Watsonville Entertains with Annual Fourth of July Parade

Dancers, cars and horses entertained the crowds lining Main Street for the Spirit of Watsonville parade

Watsonville celebrated Fourth of July with its annual parade down Main Street. 

As with previous years sidewalks were crowded with community members, trying to get the best view of the parade processions. 

Firemen, police chiefs and community members accompanied by kids and dogs led the parade.

Sports groups including the Watsonville High School Cheerleaders, Watsonville Jr. Wildcatz and Pajaro Valley Youth Soccer Youth chanted their cheers in unison.

Energetic women representing Jazzercise and D'Cairo Hair Studio danced down the street, spreading energy to those lining the sidewalks. 

Bikes of various style rolled through the parade followed by cars that revved their engines and did fancy tricks such as bouncing up and down or raising and lowering one half of the car. 

Bill Neighbors, a longtime volunteer in the community, was .

The horses—what all the little girls waited for—finished off the parade as they strutted and did tricks of their own such as dancing to the music or standing on two legs. 

randy July 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Nice Pictures. what about the Grand Marshal. You know Bill Neighbors has done a lot for Watsonville.
Steve Bankhead July 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Randy: I uploaded a photo I took of Bill Neighbors to the photos above. Just click to the right and it should be there towards the end.
Jennifer Squires July 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Here's some coverage of Bill. He's a great guy. http://watsonville.patch.com/articles/fourth-of-july-parade-grand-marshal-takes-drivers-seat
Liseth Guízar July 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Hi Jennifer, Did you happen to get any photos of the METRO bus? It was the first time we were in the parade and we were pumped! (But didn't take photos..) Anyway, if you have any we'd love to get copies. Thanks!!
tj breiling July 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
horses stole the show ,,, overall parade was only a six outta 10 in my veiw ,,, motocycles???? drummers,,,vets ??? tjvonb
Jennifer Squires July 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Liseth, the Metro photo is up! Email me at jennifer.squires@patch.com to get it.
Watzon McWats July 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Is a Mexican flag really appropriate for a 4th of July parade? I'm sure it was flown with the best of intentions, but it seems kind of out of place given the occasion. A little bit disrespectful even.
lebiram July 06, 2012 at 04:38 AM
the Mexican flag is because of the horses, the music and the dancing (folklorico) its all from where? .......Mexico. its tradition and like they said IT STOLE THE SHOW. just saying....
Rebecca Garcia July 06, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Another example of great photography. Thank you, Courtney. Your photographs truly reflected the make-up of our community. Not only did the parade have the Mexican flag, but also the Italian flag, Portuguese flag, and Felipino flag. All with such pride.
lebiram July 06, 2012 at 06:49 AM
yes it did Rebecca! :)
Cathy P. July 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I think the old tractors (parade) stole the show, what treasures they are. Can't wait for the County Fair to see them again. Also loved Dr. Bilicich riding on top of the fire truck, I want to do that next year ;)))) Excellent pictures.


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