Thousands turn out for July 4 parade

Parade route down Main Street a hit with spectators, participants

Photos by Gena Estrin
Members of the San Jacinto City government gathered at the San Jacinto Power booth: Ramon Boshra, volunteer, SJPD; Mayor Crystal Ruiz, Tom Pril, SJ City Director of Finance, Michelle Holmes, SJ City Accounting Manager, and John Ventaleth, volunteer, SJP

■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed

Festivities and spirits were high during the 2018 Independence Day Hometown Parade and Festival held in San Jacinto on July 4.
The parade started 9 a.m. Wednesday beginning its route from Ramona Expressway and proceeding down Main Street towards Jordan Avenue. Thousands of citizens from Hemet, San Jacinto and surrounding areas turned out for the holiday parade to enjoy their midweek day off. Several people came with loved ones, children, and possibly some out of towners.
A full band and parade float incited the crowd of onlookers to cheer and snap photos on their phones and cameras. Members of the San Jacinto city council addressed the public with smiles and waves, though Hemet had no official presence this year. Various attendees were prepared for the Fourth of July festivities waving American flags and wearing red, white, and blue clothing.
At the end of the parade route, the San Jacinto Street Fair welcomed the public with food, entertainment, and more. Live music was performed by the “Midnight Ride,” a band made up of drummer Scott Gettlin, guitarist Joel Herr, keyboardist Nikhil Koparka, and lead vocalist Megan Murray who commanded the crowd with groovy energy and soulful vocals.
While jamming out to the music, the public enjoyed a variety of food and vendors. By all standards, the parade festival was a success.

Riders from Romona Pagent were in the parade and their horses danced to traditional Mexican music.
Crowd eating.
Lt. John Salsbury who heads up the San Jacinto Police Department in front of vintage 1949 Ford police car.
Band playing after the parade.
Street scene of the SJ Farmers Market vendors on Main Street after the parade.
SJ Police at the parade.

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