Historic Folsom plans new parade traditionBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Folsom’s Hometown Parade
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In the distant past, Folsom had a Fourth of July parade that faded. This year, residents and businesses owners of the Folsom Historic District plan to bring it back and make it an annual tradition.
Planned for Saturday, June 30, the first day of the Folsom Pro Rodeo festivities, Folsom’s Hometown Parade will take place down Sutter Street starting at 9:30 a.m.
As a celebration of the Folsom community, participants in the parade include more than 40 local entries such as Folsom City Council members, zoo docents, Folsom Police and Folsom Fire, the Pony Express, Karen’s Bakery and Café, the Old West Legends, the Vista del Lago Dance Team, Winnie, the Sutter Street pig and many, many more.
As the heart of Folsom, the Historic District is a popular location for parades, bringing the community together in one location where people have been walking for more than 160 years.
Preparations for the parade have been finalized, and information has been spread throughout town. There will be no parking on Sutter Street and surrounding side streets prior to the parade, and road closures will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes during the time of the parade.
Roads will reopen, except the 700 block of Sutter Street, once the parade is concluded around 11 a.m.
“I’m so excited about the parade! It will be great fun for the entire family,” said Judy Collinsworth, executive director of the Folsom Historic District Association. “Save the date and come out and celebrate your hometown with us!”
Once the parade is concluded, live music from popular, local band Island of Black and White will commence, keeping the celebration going throughout the afternoon. In the Historic Amphitheatre will be the Ophir Prison Band. All along the 700 block will be fun activities to keep the Fourth of July celebration alive.
Merchants will be open all along the street as well with special deals and discounts.
The 700 block of Sutter Street will reopen at 2 p.m.