Suffragettes Saluted In Spectacular Fashion In Fourth Of July Parade
By Carol Rock | KHTS AM-1220
June 8, 2011
If you're a woman, the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade Committee wants you to be in a parade.
Not just "in" a parade, but quite possibly, the Grand Marshal.
The theme of this year's Independence Day celebration is "Women's Right To Vote."
No big thing today, right? In California, women have had the right to vote for 100 years; the 19th Amendment, which spread that right to all the states, was passed 91 years ago. Let us remind you that our country is 235 years old.
Women had no voice for 135-145 years.
Yeah, it's a big deal.
Mayor Marsha McLean and Councilwoman Laurene Weste would like to lead a large contingent of women marching to celebrate those suffragettes who made sure every one of us women could express ourselves at the ballot box.
Instead of one celebrity waving from an open convertible, the Grand Marshal of this parade will be a force of nature, sisters marching side by side on the mile-long route.
"Wouldn't it be grand to have 200 women marching with signs and costumes from all the eras?" Weste asked. "I think this community can do it."
The invitation is open to all women professional groups, Girl Scouts, single mothers, students, soccer moms, cougars (even those who did not attend College of the Canyons), entrepreneurs, play groups, nursing mothers, feminists, softball players, performers, librarians and readers, teachers, nurses…you get the picture.
Female? Put on your marching shoes.
Participants are encouraged to wear historical costumes if they can they're easy to put together, look up "suffragettes" and check out the pictures, but if modern day wear is more appealing, then plan patriotic.
This is, after all, a party.
The parade is a local tradition that's nearly 80 years in the running. It is organized by a handful of volunteers, most of whom have been involved so long they can't tell you when they started. The quintessential American community celebration of our nation's independence draws about 20,000 spectators to the route, which begins at Hart Park, goes down Main Street, turns onto Lyons Avenue, then up Orchard Village Road and disbanding at Newhall Park.
The Fourth of July Parade starts at 9 a.m. The weather is supposed to be spectacular. The early deadline for entries is June 19. The "you're late, so you have to pay a penalty" date is June 26. No entries will be accepted after 5 p.m. June 26, regardless of the postmark.
SCV Fourth of July Parade