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Celebrate the Fourth in the SCV

Independence Day: Residents across the valley will gather at parades, breakfasts and marathons

Posted: July 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

An all-Santa Clarita Valley high school marching band will be stepping out today with other entries in the Santa Clarita Fourth of July parade

It’s the first time the long-running parade has had such a band.

“You can’t have a parade without a band,” said Marilyn Hackett, who helped coordinate the band performance. “You need the music and the marching and the excitement of a live band.”

However, the fact is that the parade has long existed without a high school marching band, its date in frustrating conflict with high school and vacation schedules for the all-volunteer parade organizing committee that’s tried repeatedly to secure the traditional parade mainstay.

Known as the SCV Unified Marching Band, the band will be made up of 100 high school musicians from all six Santa Clarita Valley comprehensive high schools, Hackett said. Canyon High School senior Katie Winter will lead the band as drum majorette.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and runs north along Main Street from Fifth Street to Lyons Avenue, turns west on Lyons and then north onto Orchard Village Road, ending at 16th Street.

The event will bring together more than 90 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 25,000 spectators who will line the streets of Newhall to wave American flags and greet parade participants.

Local leaders will honor women as part of a celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote in California.

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean and City Councilwoman Laurene Weste will lead a group of women dressed in period attire, celebrating the accomplishments of women.

Before the parade, local residents can stop by the Roger Dunn Golf Shop parking lot in Newhall for the annual Fourth of July breakfast cooked up by the SCV Rotary Club. The breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. and costs $4 per person.

Not too far away from the breakfast, the Santa Clarita Runners will be gearing up for their annual Independence Day Classic at Newhall Park. The 7 a.m. benefit run raises money for local high school cross-country programs.


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