LOS MOLINOS, Calif. - Despite the governor urging people across the state to avoid large crowds this holiday weekend, the 53rd Annual 4th of July parade in Los Molinos still went on as planned on Saturday morning.
The theme this year was "Christmas in July."
Danielle Dusina, says she stops by the parade every year. "We were kind of afraid that it was going to get cancelled but Los Molinos pushed through, we took all the standards and we’re really glad, it went great."
Kevin Benson, president of the Los Molinos Chamber of Commerce told Action News Now that they had a few concerns about how the turnout would be with the social distancing guidelines in place, but says it went better than expected. "We encouraged everyone to follow social distancing and wear masks if they wanted to. During the route, most people were in their yards so we didn’t have to worry too much."
Mother-daughter duo, Brooke and Siobhan Shackelford rode on the Heartshine float during the parade, they said, "Everyone was wearing mask and practicing social distancing. We still had fun and enjoyed the event and holiday."
"It was a little different, everyone kept to themselves, other than that it was the same fun festival," said community member, Ryan Patrick.
"I am pleased it turned out better than we were thinking it might. Life goes on and we were going to continue," said Benson.
He adds that their annual Playdate in the Park event, which usually takes place after the parade, was cancelled but says they hope to be able to host it next year.
In total, there were more than 50 entries in the parade and the event raised more than $8,000 dollars. Benson says the money will be used for next year's Fourth of July Parade.