The annual Fourth of July parade came once again to Gustine this last Thursday for families and friends from all over to come watch and enjoy. This year we had nine different categories that the judges scored from floats to automobiles and motorcycles and also the special overall awards.
The floats category first place was given to Our Lady of Miracles Celebration, second place went to Gustine Pentecost Society, and third place was a tie between Newman Fall Festival and The Pastime Club.
In the children’s division, Cornerstone Dance took home the first place, Our Lady of Miracles School followed in second place, and Eight Count Dance Company was awarded third place.
In the bands category, Gustine City Band placed first and Gustine High School Band was awarded second place.
With one Color Guard this year it was an easy win for VFW Post 763 and American Legion Post 240 to take the first place spot.
In the equestrian category first place was taken by Merced County Sheriff’s Posse, while in second place there was a three-way tie between PMZ Real Estate, Candice Terry and Olivia, and CCPRA Rodeo Queen. In third place was the Quadrille Queens.
Commercial truck and tractors were a part of the loud factor in the parade. In first place was Joseph and Lucy Leonard, second place Modesto Pump Service, and third place went to Kevin Bloom.
The automobiles and motorcycles are usually a fine attraction for car buffs. In first place was a tie between Westside Auto Club and I.C.F of Gustine, in second Tina and Desiree Mendonca, and third place was another tie between Dan Gomes and Rescue 74 CPR and Safety.
The last two awards were given to any category throughout the whole parade.These awards included most patriotic and judge’s choice. The winner of most patriotic was awarded to Our Lady of Miracles Celebration. The judge’s choice award went to Eight Count Dance Company.