Fun + Politics + Silliness = Mendocino 4th of July Parade!
Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Larry Fuente usually drives his car in the parade!
On Wednesday, the Mendocino Fourth of July Parade starts at 12 noon on Main Street. The parade has been held for many years, as the 1890 picture attests. Although many of the vehicles use internal combustion engines now, I have a sneaking suspicion that you would find the same eclectic mix of fun, sophisticated political humor, and general silliness back then. There’s something about the area that leads me to wonder…. The car above has been decorated by Larry Fuente, a well-known local artist. You also might find circus performers from the Flynn Creek Circus, and animals and kids and women with big hair and electric vehicles and dancers and musicians and pretty much anything else. About 5000 people (5 times the population!) line the streets of Mendocino for the parade. Occasionally, some of the entries will even go around twice!Performers from the Flynn Creek Circus 4th of July Parade down Main Street in 1890

The parade is sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, and Tom Yates broadcasts the event live from the judges stand on KOZT The Coast. Check out the live broadcast at 95.3 FM, or you can listen to the broadcast over the Web at

After the parade, the Kelley House Museum hosts a barbeque on the lawn, directly across from the judges stand near the east end of Main Street. Come cool off after the parade with a beer and a hot dog!

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  1. Hey, I came across your site as I was researching upcoming Fourth of July activities throughout the nation. This is a great interactive opportunity and we hope you’ll take a moment to send in a short 30-45 second video no later than Thursday, July 5th.

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Having just attended our SECOND Mendocino 4th of July parade, we are beginning to feel as if we might actually be “locals.” There were a LOT of people, more than last year, we think. And the steel drum band on the Kelley House lawn was awesome. But where was Larry’s car? Did we miss it or was it not present this year?

    Many thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, (flashers), cleaner-uppers, the Fire Dep’t and the whole community. We’re so glad we live here. See you at the Salmon BBQ!

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