Patriot Parades held in Chico and Redding

Organizers told Action News Now that their purpose was to encourage people to go out and vote, and not wait until the last minute.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 6:55 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 10:29 AM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Patriot Parades took place in Chico and Redding on Saturday.

Action News Now was at both parades all morning.

Organizers of the Chico parade said they were really just trying to encourage people to get out there and vote.

"So the plan is is that we are encouraging people to turn in their ballots. This is for everybody, Dems, Independents, come as you are, Republicans... Everyone is welcome here," said organizer Roxanne Eldridge.

"Yeah, certainly there's a lot of people here who support the President and that's great. Everyone has the right in this country to support the candidate, the proposition of their choice," said James Gallagher.

"I want to go up and shake their hand and say, hey, I am happy. I can't imagine you are happy with the way the government is run right now, what is going on in our state, county, and local governments," said Danny Peters.

"You can see how friendly everyone is, welcoming, inviting," said Cynthia Pendery.

After the ceremony people headed out to start the parade of cars from the old K-mart parking lot to downtown Chico.

Once downtown the car parade participants had the option to hand off their ballots or drop them off in the secure and official ballot dropbox.

Supporters explained to Action News why they decided to show up and participate.

"A lot of us do love America, so if we could just come together and show some patriotism -- that is a great thing for us," said Eldridge. 

"Patriotism towards the American Flag, to our President, and to our city and county... and we are tired of being pushed around like San Francisco and L.A.  We don't want them deciding what goes on for us," said Peters. 

"I think it's especially needed right now to bring people together and talk about the greatness of this country. Then obviously to support your candidates. The need for everyone to vote in this election," said Gallagher. 

After the parade participants went back to the old K-Mart parking lot for a tailgate party. 

In Redding, there were more than a dozen people participating.

Their cars were also decorated to show support for President Donald Trump. 

The parade started at the Civic Auditorium. Drivers then proceeded to the official ballot drop box at the Redding City Hall and dropped their ballots off there.

One person told Action News Now that he did not believe the event had any electioneering issues because people were simply dropping off their ballots at the ballot box. 

"We're out here waving our flags. We're away from every other instance. We're going around, and it's going to a dropbox. So there's nobody else around. You can pull in right behind us and drop it off, your ballot, whatever you want," said David Johnson. 

Congressmember Doug LaMalfa also made an appearance at the parade.

The organizer told Action News Now that their purpose was to encourage people to go out and vote, and not wait until the last minute. 

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