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Everybody Loves A Parade
There were plenty of musical floats during the rodeo parade in Oakdale on April 9, including the very popular Valley Fire band which kept up the toe-tapping tunes all along the route as they rolled eastward on F Street.

Equestrian units, musical groups, church floats, local businesses and more were all represented in the Saturday, April 9 rodeo parade in Oakdale. Kicking off the weekend, the roughly 90-minute parade covers a long stretch of F Street, running from near F and California on the west end of town to F and Maag on the east end. Spectators typically line both sides of the street all the way through town, many setting up their chairs and blankets well in advance of the 9 a.m. parade time. Also included were floats featuring political candidates, some classic cars, as well as the Easter bunny making an appearance. Many of the parade participants tossed handfuls of candy, much to the delight of youngsters along the route.

Along with the many horses in the rodeo parade, there was plenty of horsepower represented, with many vehicles shined up, spiffed up and entered into the April 9 event in Oakdale.
One of the entries in the Saturday morning parade in downtown Oakdale as part of rodeo week honored those lost in war and the POW/MIA with a pair of boots and helmet displayed, followed by riderless horses featuring the logos of the U.S. Armed Forces, a poignant moment along the parade route.
Waving to the crowd along the parade route on Saturday in Oakdale was Stanislaus County District 1 Supervisor Buck Condit, who represents both Oakdale and Riverbank on the county board.