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Ol’ Fashioned parade is Coastside original

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Nico and Izzy Alifono wait to drive their tiny car down Main Street in the 49th annual 4th of July parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review

There were no tanks ominously situated along the Main Street parade route. No air power rumbled overhead. But the Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July parade was as patriotic as any Independence Day celebration throughout the land.

The parade is always a highlight of the Coastside calendar. Hundreds of mostly local spectators line the parade route, and the marchers, riders and others who take part are a colorful mix that could only come together here in Half Moon Bay.

Thursday’s parade benefited from pleasant, if overcast, conditions that kept everyone cool and happy. Motorcyclists dressed in Uncle Sam garb mingled easily with young Latina horseback riders. Librarians shelved their duties for the day in order to wave at an appreciative crowd.

Fourth of July on the coast is unlike any other event of the year.

— Clay Lambert

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A cloudy summer day didn't stop visitors from lining up along Main Street to view the parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Sarah Weber shows from Mizu Salon's animal rescue float takes her dog around the parade staging grounds. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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The Bar None Ranches decided to bring their goat aboard this year's float. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Parading through Half Moon Bay on horseback is a cultural tradition for many families that have been living on the coast for generations. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Kat and Larry Mann motors down Main Street with their dog Lance. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Horses dressage past City Hall on Main Street. Kyle Ludowitz / Review 
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Diane Burns-Haussler parades around as Lady Liberty, and won a ribbon for it. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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A procession of horses traditionally ends the annual 4th of July parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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A small marching band keeps the rhythm going with energetic music as they turn down Mill Street. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Harry Ysselstein gave Uncle Sam a modern touch this year with his motorcycle. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Bridget Bedard dresses up as a founding father in a group float that took first place. Kyle Ludowitz / Review 
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Ramona Baker looks around at the parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
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Coastside Hula performs a dance in front of the announcers booth on the corner of Main Street and Kelly Avenue. Kyle Ludowitz / Review
A father and son ride home after completing the parade. Kyle Ludowitz / Review

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