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Carmichael Fourth of July Parade details outlined Patriots young and old will gather to mark an annual Carmichael tradition – the Carmichael Parade – on Thursday, July 4. The morning will begin with a community pancake breakfast at the Carmichael Elks. The parade, which has been hosted by the Carmichael Elks for more than half a century, begins at 10:30 a.m., at the corner of Marconi and Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael. Classic cars, community floats, marching bands, military units and dignitaries will make their way down Fair Oaks Boulevard to Cypress and toward the Elks where the parade ends with a big party -- free swimming, barbeque, games and bocce ball for everybody! And then there will be firecrackers for three hours starting at 6:30 p.m. The 55th annual parade has garnered more than 100 entries (or 600-1,100 participants) so far, said parade organizer Jim Warrick, who pointed out that the Carmichael Parade is one of the oldest parades in Sacramento. Warrick rode a stagecoach in the inaugural parade at the young age of 9 (or 10). He said a big reason the parade ever started was to keep people home and off the road, noting a fatal car crash on Highway 50 on July 4, 1958, the year before the parade. As far as cars are concerned, there will be 20 Model As, Shriners with go-carts, a convertible previously owned by Maria Shriver, a car previously owned by Rita Hayworth and driven by 100 year old man. Moreover, the Catholic Youth Band will perform, entertaining the thousands that will be crowded around the 2mile course. Warrick said peo-

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ple like to enter this parade because of the wide streets, which allow for maneuverability to do tricks. The parade promises to be a lot of fun, with lots of balloons, bubbles and confetti. “Everyone in Carmichael looks forward to (the parade) every year. They will rope up with their lawn chairs the night before … There are literally thousands of people who come every year. It’s a big, big event.” This year’s theme is America: Emblem of Freedom. As the event changes themes every year, it also changes grand marshals. This year’s grand marshal is John McGinness. Asked why the former Sacramento County Sheriff was chosen to be the grand marshal, Warrick said: “John is good friend to the community. He’s done a lot with the Chamber and the Elks. Besides his work with KFBK and being the former sheriff, he’s a good guy.” About parade grand marshal John McGinness (bio from KBFK) John McGinness spent over 27 years experience with the Sheriff ’s Department and has served in every service area of the Department. He is a highly decorated veteran with a background in many high profile assignments. John McGinness served for many years as a member of the elite Sheriff ’s Motorcycle Detail where he was a training officer and team leader. He also served as a CSI investigator, homicide detective and department spokesman. John McGinness promoted through the ranks and ultimately commanded the Centralized Investigation Division until he was appointed

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Undersheriff in March of 2001. Mr. McGinness served as Undersheriff until elected Sheriff in 2006. John McGinness is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, Communications, Leadership and Professional Studies with the California State University. John McGinness serves as a frequent guest host on Sacramento’s top rated News Talk radio program broadcast on AM 1530, KFBK.

John McGinness holds a John McGinness lives in Bachelor of Arts Degree in Folsom, California with Criminal Justice with a mi- his wife, Peggy, and their nor in Public Administration two children. and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Leadership Institute. John McGinness was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007.

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