After many years of photographing the Carmichael Independence Day Parade, Susan Maxwell Skinner will this year ride in its first division as Grand Marshal.
“July 4 has always been my favorite American Holiday,” says the New Zealand transplant and new U.S. citizen. “I feel a huge emotional response at celebrations. I’m grateful to the nation that accepted me; I love to share its pride." (She's pictured with her naturalization papers).
Waving from a classic American Mustang, Grand Marshal Susan will be among about 800 participants in the 60th annual Elks Parade.
The pageant is scheduled to leave the Marconi and Fair Oaks Boulevard corner assembly area at 10:30 am next Wednesday. Its crawl along Fair Oaks Boulevard turns into Cypress Avenue, ending at the Elks Lodge (5631 Cypress). Here, free swimming, live music and a barbecue will continue celebrations. Anyone may join the party.Pyrotechnics will later ignite at the La Sierra Community Center (5325 Engle Road).
Admission is free; food is available for purchase; entertainment starts 7 pm; fireworks rumble at 9:30 pm. No outside fireworks, dogs nor personal barbecues are permitted. Fair Oaks Boulevard will be closed between 10 am and 12:30 pm.
For information on 2018 celebrations, call the Carmichael Elks at (916) 489-2103. Carmichael Park District (485-5322) has fireworks event information.