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Walnut Creek Struts Its Stuff Down Main Street

The Walnut Festival Parade thrills the crowd lining Main Street.

The motorcycle police officers did their intricate figure-8 pattern in the middle of Main Street and kicked off the Walnut Festival's twilight parade Saturday.

A couple slots behind them was the crew from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

"Look, fire truck!" piped up 2-year-old Samuel Ortiz, perched on the shoulders of his uncle Tony Ayala of Concord, standing on the crowded Main Street sidewalk.

Then the fire truck sounded its siren and Samuel clapped his hands to his ears.

They were waiting for Samuel's cousin Anthony Ayala, age 7, parading with the Concord Kung Fu contingent.

Another few slots behind the fire truck came a vintage car bearing Florence Simmons, Miss Walnut Creek of 1937, whose title brought an enthusiastic round of applause. She was announced with a PA system in the bed of a pickup truck by announcer Teddy Porter, ably assisted by Pat Kinnicutt, who tracked the roster of groups in the parade as they came by.

Watch Patch for updates as we download more photos from the parade.

Creek Diva September 18, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Fun night! The Pittsburg High marching band was fantastic! For some reason I don't recall seeing Las Lomas represented?
Jonathan Hawthorne September 18, 2011 at 06:52 AM
Actually, Creek Diva, you bring up an interesting point. Ordinarily, the Las Lomas cheerleaders perform for the crowds, but tonight Las Lomas had a rare Saturday game @ DVC, 7pm against College Park. They won 21-14 and now are 3-0 on the season!
Creek Diva September 18, 2011 at 06:58 AM
Thanks Jonathan for the explication! Does Las Lomas have a marching band that goes to the Football games as well? Seems like a good team this year!
MG September 18, 2011 at 07:44 AM
I was also extremely impressed by Pittsburg representation in the parade! Outstanding performance. I understand why they were at the end of the parade but it was a shame because many people had left by then
Kristin Brodie Madsen September 18, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Pittsburg is always at the end, I believe they request it (I am part of the Walnut Festival and Twilight parade organizers) This is a judged parade and this is part of what helped them make it to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. It is by request on their part.
Jonathan Hawthorne September 18, 2011 at 04:36 PM
They actually used to have a marching band, but I know a couple of years ago, the funding for the band was cut off. However, there's a "Pep" Band! A spirited group!
The Merry One September 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM
A Pittsburg marching band, a Concord marching band, an Antioch marching band...at a Walnut Creek parade. Great to see our neighboring communities represented and the more the merrier, but what a shame that Las Lomas and Northgate weren't represented as well.
Wendy September 18, 2011 at 05:18 PM
The Northgate Marching Band and their cheer teams were in the parade last night. In fact, Northgate's Drum Major won second place in the Drum Major category and Northgate's Varsity Dance Team won 3rd place in the cheer category. Las Lomas does not have a marching band and sadly (for us) their award winning cheerleaders were performing at a football game.
Creek Diva September 18, 2011 at 07:29 PM
That's a bummer to hear, hopefully they can raise the funding again to have a marching band. Does the "Pep" band preform at the games?
Creek Diva September 18, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Northgate was great too! Congrats to the drum major!
The Merry One September 18, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Yay, Northgate! Nice to hear that they were there to represent WC. Congratulations to their Drum Major!
Ralph Hoffmann September 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM
I sat at the WCTV table in front of City Hall, as this was the 1st Walnut Festival Parade telecast live on WCTV. The FREE Trolley wasn't in the parade this year. I don't know what detours it had to make because of street closures.

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