Photos by David Bolling/Index-Tribune
Above: Uncle Sam and his patriotic companion tower over the Fourth of July parade, guided by Sonoma Community Center volunteers. The papier mâché puppets were designed by SCC Special Projects Manager Margaret Hatcher, a professional costume designer. Theme of the parade was "Saluting Our Local Heroes" and paid tribute to WW II veterans involved in the liberation of France. Among them (beneath umbrella in the photo below), was Col. James Moorehead - Army (ret.) - who took part in the Normandy invasion and received two distinguished Crosses and a Silver Star; and Jim Parks, (in back) who spearheaded the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.
Grand Prize: Valley of the Moon Garden Club (chosen from first place winners in categories below)
Musical Category: 1st Little Fiddlers; 2nd Kigali Center; 3rd Sonoma Alliance Church
Youth Category: 1st Sonoma Taekwondo Center; 2nd California Martial Arts Institute; 3rd Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma
Theme Category: 1st Hanna Boys Center; 2nd Sonoma/Petaluma Historic State Parks; 3rd Sonoma Valley Hospital
Animal Category: 1st Hidden Creek Ranch; 2nd Hot Diggety Dogs; 3rd Bichon Bash
General Category: 1st Valley of the Moon Garden Club; 2nd Smartly Knit; 3rd California Mission Museum