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Players from the Manteca Futbol Club’s Under 9 Benefica and Under 10 Dash teams work inflating mini soccer balls that players will hand out to spectators from the organization’s float during today’...

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED July 4, 2014 1:41 a.m.

Today’s Manteca Independence Day Parade will feature over 34 entries to the theme of “Traveling the USA.”

Hosted by the Sunrise Kiwanis and the City of Manteca, this annual Fourth of July event will kick-off with a motorcycle escort compliments of the Manteca Police Department beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade route goes from North Main Street near Golden West School to Center and Poplar streets by Library Park.

The lineup and staging of the entries – included are show horses for this sanctioned event – is scheduled to begin at 9 o’clock on Jason Street across from Fagundes Meat Inc.

Dignitaries including Mayor Willie Weatherford, the Manteca City Council, and Grand Marshals’ Carl and Ruby Stappenbeck of the VFW Jimmie Connors Post No. 6311 and Auxiliary will lead the procession.

The parade is scheduled to feature plenty of patriotism along with marching bands, military veterans, antique cars, and floats, to name a few.

“For the theme, they can take (Traveling the USA) and make it their own,” said Brian Mills, who is the parade chairman.

The Manteca Fire Department with its antique vehicle not to mention the popular water cannon – at least with youngsters – will conclude the parade.

The route terminates at Library Park with an awards presentation scheduled a half hour following the event.

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