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Local Editorials

Welcome back, Fiesta Parade

The Fiesta Parade returns Saturday to Rock Falls and Sterling after a 1-year hiatus. We encourage a large attendance.

If the weatherman can be trusted, Saturday should be a fine day for a parade.

Organizers of the Sterling-Rock Falls Fiesta Parade are more than happy to oblige.

After a year’s absence, the September staple will return, winding through Rock Falls and Sterling in celebration of the communities’ Hispanic heritage.

This is the first time the parade will cross the rebuilt First Avenue bridge. The structure was not yet completed last year at this time, which was one reason given for canceling the parade in 2012.

Saturday’s parade will begin at noon at First Avenue and 10th Street in Rock Falls. The parade will take First Avenue north into downtown Rock Falls, cross the First Avenue bridge, proceed into downtown Sterling, turn east, and end at the Grandon Civic Center, at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue, where float winners will be announced.

Parades provide an opportunity for people to gather for a good time. They can cheer and marvel and laugh and applaud the moving cavalcade of entries.

Five grand marshals will lead the parade. Guadalupe Rodriguez, Manuel Garcia, Paul Castillo, Rafael Rios, and Alfred Lopez all served in the U.S. military during World War II. Their ages range from 86 to 93, meaning that this year’s parade is a timely opportunity for parade watchers to honor their service to our nation.

We salute the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for taking on the parade organizational duties this year.

We likewise salute the Latin American Social Club for organizing the parade for decades beforehand.

And if the weatherman’s forecast is accurate (sunny, high in the lower 70s), we’ll be willing to salute him, too.

Grab a lawn chair, find a good spot, and enjoy!

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