4th of july parade
The 4th of July has come and gone, and the 55th Anniversary Edition of the World’s Shortest parade is one for the history books. I’ve watched many of these parades roll by over the years, but I’d never actually been in the parade until this year – and many of you never have, either! So I’m sharing with you my experience of marching in the 4th of July parade.
I marched with the crew from Mar Vista Elementary School. We started the morning with the pancake breakfast – I’d never done that, either. It was about what you’d expect from a pancake breakfast, but with notably good orange juice, coffee, and lots of friendly smiling faces – some familiar, many not.
After breakfast, we headed up to the Wells Fargo bank parking lot to join up with the folks marching for Mar Vista. On the way up there, I ran into Steve Bennett who quickly gave me the low-down on the Mar Vista Cheer. One of our contingent – Gigi, who will be in 6th grade this year at Mar Vista, her last year – has quite a set of pipes on her, so she led us in the cheer, I recorded it with my iPhone, check it out:
Video of Mar Vista Marching in the 4th of July Parade
After we marched all the way down the parade route, we headed down to the Party at Aptos Village Park, and checked that out for a bit. Lots of great food, entertainment, and even a petting zoo for the kids.
It turns out that marching in the parade is a lot like watching the parade from the sidelines, except of course you don’t get to see much of the parade itself. But the experience is similar – it’s all about connecting with the community and being part of the whole. I expect I’ll be marching in the parade in the future, but next year, I think I’ll do something else I’ve never done before – set my chair out the day before in a prime spot to watch the Aptos world roll by, in all its kitschy glory. 🙂
Photos of Mar Vista Marching in the 4th of July Parade
To celebrate, they’ll have a special menu from 12:00 to 5:00 PM on the 4th of July. There will be an All-American BBQ by CB Hannegans, including a Tri Tip Sandwich, Jerk Chicken Sandwich, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burger, Pulled Pork sandwich…and traditional sides on desserts like potato salad, watermelon and brownies.
They’re taking it up to 11 by featuring a 140 pound Pig on a spit, which will be a feature in the Aptos 4th of July Parade before it heads on down to Cafe Rio – just follow the smell!
The end of the school year is right around the corner, so that means it’s time once again to start preparing for the World’s Shortest Parade! This year’s theme is “Team up for America”. As usual, there will be pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 AM in the parking lot of Burger. The parade itself will run from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, and then everyone is welcome for a community celebration in Aptos Village Park featuring vendors, food, music, and other activities until 4:00 PM.
Everyone knows that this is one of the biggest events we do in Aptos, but everyone may not know that everyone’s participation is welcome and encouraged, both for the parade and the celebration in the park afterwards. The event is sponsored by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, and they have signup forms to be a vendor in the park (for a fee), and to participate in the parade itself (for a very token fee – and bands are free!).
This is a fantastic way to get local exposure for your business or organization. Hundreds – thousands?! – of people from our community will be there to root for you. Please consider participating to make 2016 the best 4th of July Parade ever!
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The annual Aptos 4th of July parade – also known as the World’s Shortest Parade – is held every 4th of July in Aptos. It starts at the intersection of State Park Drive and ends up at Aptos Village Park, near Aptos Village. The parade is sponsored by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, and kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7:00 AM. The parade begins at around 10 AM, and winds its way down Soquel Drive to the park. After the parade, enjoy the “Party in the Park” with lots of food and fun for the family. The Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club hosts beer sales for those looking for a frothy holiday tipple.
Related Posts On AptosCommunityNews
- World’s Shortest Parade in 47 Seconds (July 4, 2019)
- Marching in the 4th of July Parade (July 5, 2016)
- Cafe Rio 5th Anniversary & 4th of July Celebration (July 1, 2016)
- Register for the 4th of July 2016 Parade! (May 25, 2016)
- Support the Aptos 4th of July Parade (June 11, 2014)
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Show your Aptos spirit and help support the Aptos 4th of July Parade! The annual World’s Shortest Parade on the 4th of July is right around the corner! It may look easy, but actually putting on this event is a herculean task! The Aptos Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for both the pancake breakfast and the parade itself.
The pancake breakfast beings at 7:00 AM, and the parade itself begins at 10:00 AM. If you can help out with either the parade or the pancake breakfast, please get in contact with the Aptos Chamber at 831-688-1467 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also show your support by purchasing hats and t-shirts! The following is available:
- $10 for children’s sizes
- $12 for adults
- $15 for women’s tank tops
Hats: $12 each
Hats and T-Shirts are available for purchase at the following locations:
Aptos Chamber of Commerce, Aptos Feed, Comerica Bank (Aptos), Pacific Coffee Roasting, Santa Cruz County Bank (Aptos), The UPS Store, and Seascape Wine & Spirits.