Patriotic cheerleaders

Now’s the time when Highland is looking for and preparing its convertibles, pickups, Jeeps, bicycles and horses for the Fourth of July parade. It’s a quick and fun experience that focuses much of community’s shared attention to a few blocks of Base Line and Central Avenue.

It’s a joyful morning spent smiling, waving and cheering at your fellow Highlanders.

A few years back former mayor of Highland Jody Scott, one of the parade’s founders, shared with me her experiences of the first parade in 1990. It was very short, from St. Adelaide Catholic Church to City Hall and most of the people in attendance served double duty as both spectators and participants.

“It was so funny because when the parade started there was hardly anybody watching, but as the first people in the parade ended [the route] they returned to watch. So, by the time the last people in the parade started they had a nice crowd.”

This type of enthusiasm is again needed and hoped for as the city will be organizing the event after many years as a chamber of commerce event.

To participate or volunteer for the parade’s success contact the city by calling (909) 864-6861 or stopping by City Hall, 27215 Base Line.

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