PONY EXPRESS: Parade on Saturday

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The highlight of Pony Express Days is always the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

The parade begins at McKinleyville High School, where participants stage before the parade begins. 2011_PonyExpress_LogoThe parade then makes its way to Central Avenue and continues south, ending at School Road.

The parade can be viewed almost anywhere along Central Avenue, with the area near the Mckinleyville Shopping Center being one of the most popular viewing areas.

Last year’s parade had about 75 entries, which was the largest number of entries in recent history.

The parade is organized by the McKinleyville Kiwanis Club. The entry deadline was last week.

This year’s theme is simply “Pony Express Days.” Awards will be given for best car, best float, best band group, best use of theme, best youth group, best senior group, best equestrian group, and best parade entry.

This year’s Grand Marshalls are Garth and Linda Sundberg.

Any proceeds raised from the parade go directly to McKinleyville Kiwanis Club McKinleyville High School Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships annually to graduating seniors.

For more information about the parade call Dave Carbiener at 444-6163.