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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.