MADERA - The Old Timers Day Parade stepped off Saturday morning to crowds of Maderan's packing the downtown on Yosemite Avenue. Bands from Madera High School and Madera South High School marched while fire trucks and police officers on motorcycles made their way west towards the Madera County Court House Park.
Traffic was closed on Gateway Avenue at Yosemite but opened during breaks in the parade. Some of those breaks last more than five minutes because of groups like the Renteria Martial Arts that would make extra stops during the parade to perform. During each of these breaks in the parade, spectators would leave their seats thinking the parade was over.
Ross and Barbar Thornton served as grand marshal's for the parade. However Ross was unable to attend as he was in a local hospital. Ross's son, Steven Thornton, sat in for his father.
Following the parade the community met up at the courthouse park for lunch's sold by various service clubs like the Breakfast Lions who barbecued tri-tip sandwiches. United States Congressman Jim Costa was also on hand to shake hands with his supporters.
All Photos by Jack W Porter, Jr.