The city of Ely celebrated the 4th of July holiday with a spectacular parade that filled the town’s main drag w
ith floats, vintage automobiles and trucks, horse teams, politicians and kids, while hundreds of devotees lined the highway, cheering their friends, family and neighbors along the route.
The parade began with a White Pine County Sheriff’s motorcycle rider cruising back and forth across the wide boulevard, followed by fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Packs of children formed on the side of the road, scrambling to fill their pockets with candy and other treats that were thrown from the passing procession.
The parade featured floats from the White Pine High School classes of 1971 and 1976, the Ghost Riders, Relay for Life, White Pine Care Center, and the Ely City Council, to name a few. The American Legion marched from beginning to end, carrying the American flags, the POW-MIA flag and the American Legion flag.
There were plenty of horse groups, including the Pony Express riders, who filled the street with their strong numbers. A contingent of motorcyclists also joined the celebration.
A group of youthful musicians rode by playing patriotic favorites; Smoky the Bear made an appearance and a team of BMX bicyclists filled the street.
The parade’s Grand Marshall, Dr. G.N. Christensen drove a classic red Chevy truck the length of the route, waving out the window to the festive crowd.
The theme of the 2016 parade was “How Americans Shaped the Nation Through Elections,” and the spirit of independence was prevalent throughout the hour long march.