Folsom’s Hometown Parade brings Sutter Street to life

Spectators line the streets for new community event
By: Bill Sullivan
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 Oh what a parade they had!

American Flags were flying and attendees of all ages were lining both sides of Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street, exhuming the sounds of patriotic cheer Saturday morning. For the first time in decades, the historic street was the site of an old fashioned hometown parade, which is clearly the district’s newest big hit when it comes to family events.

“It was heartwarming to see all the folks that came out to support the first Hometown Parade,” said Judy Collinsworth, executive director for the Folsom Historic District. “Our parade committee wanted it to be charming, fun and all about Folsom, and we felt that it hit the mark. We have a dynamic parade committee so this event will only grow and get better each year.”

As early as 8 a.m., some had already claimed their viewing position along the street, whether they were sitting comfortably in a folding chair, standing or even strolling up and down Sutter Street to enjoy the many retail shops and eateries it has to offer, most of which opened early for the day to give visitors a site, taste or delight of Historic Folsom.

“It was wonderful to see so many merchants support this event,” Collinsworth said. “Many of them opened earlier than normal, making it a long day for them. Their support of this event is much appreciated.”

Folsom’s Hometown Parade lived up to its name as it featured a vast amount of entries that truly represented the city that is distinct in nature – from the participation of many city leaders to the State Champion Folsom Bulldogs, the Pony Express, local history demonstrations, youth groups and more.   The Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby was a popular entry, showing what they will be bringing to the area in October. Other unique entries included a variety of youth sports and dance groups, the famed Ophir Prison Marching Band and even Winnie the famous Sutter Street Pig made an appearance in patriotic fashion, earning cheers just as big as the local football champions.

Saturday’s parade had more than 40 entries, all of whom were judged by a panel of local dignitaries. The winners for the event are as follows, according to the Folsom Historic District:

Most Unique
Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby

Most Fun
Ophir Prison Marching Band

Best of Folsom
Folsom Garden Club

Best of the Wild West
Georgetown Divide Regulators Interactive Entertainment

Marshall’s Pick
Folsom Garden Club