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Sonoma’s July 4 parade theme salutes the arts

The Sonoma Community Center’s 51st annual 4th of July parade and celebration is set to take over the Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 4.

Each year, a committee selects a theme for the parade, and entrants decorate their floats accordingly. This year the theme is Saluting the Arts in Sonoma Valley. “The arts are a vital component of a healthy community,” said Toni Castrone, the center’s executive director. “We are fortunate to live in a community that values its artists and supports creativity.”

Past recipients of the City of Sonoma’s Treasure Artist award have been selected as grand marshals for this year’s parade. Dignitaries will include Sonoma Valley’s Alcaldessa Suzanne Brangham, 2013 Treasure Artist Dave Aguilar, members of the Sonoma City Council, and 1st Supervisor Susan Gorin.

The Sonoma Community Center will carry on its tradition of leading off the parade with a one-of-a-kind float, designed and created by its Special Projects Manager, Margaret Hatcher. Hatcher is the designer behind many of the Center’s most eye-catching visual displays, including its Trashion Fashion Show held each spring.

Beginning promptly at 10 a.m., the parade will march its way from the intersection of First Street East and Spain Street, west along Napa Street, and end at the intersection of First Street West and Spain Street. Live entertainment will begin in the Plaza at 11:30 a.m. with a performance by the Hometown Band. A patriotic ceremony will honor parade dignitaries at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., Never Fear Band will kick off the afternoon with live music on the grass; followed by 2013 Sonoma Valley Treasure Artist Dave Aguilar’s band Tudo Bem at 3.

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