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Celebrating the Fourth with frivolity and flair

Employees and friends of Arnie's Cafe dress up as breakfast favorites. (Cindy Yingst)
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Warrenton threw a heck of a Fourth of July party Sunday, the largest local event since pandemic restrictions lifted.

Thousands lined Main Avenue and Ninth Street to catch a glimpse of clowns, decorated horses, and people dressed up as bacon, waffles and coffee.

There was fancy maneuvering on lawn equipment, goats in tutus, and a cheer squad doing cartwheels on the hot pavement.

Josh Thompson, the beloved janitor at Warrenton Grade School, received top honors for his entry “Janitor Josh.” Thompson has raised money for Court Appointed Special Advocates and foster care groups by selling calendars of himself doing hilarious janitorial jobs. He and his wife care for four biological children, three adopted children and one foster child.

The hourlong parade included about 100 entries, many of them throwing candy to the crowds.

A family waits for the parade on South Main Avenue near Ninth Street. (Cindy Yingst)

A member of the Warrenton Kids Inc. cheer team spots a friend in the crowd. (Cindy Yingst)

Roger Tavernier of Tualatin shows off his pug, Rosie, who dressed up for the parade. (Cindy Yingst)

A collection of Astoria clowns who don't feel like making the trek on foot get a ride on the caliope trailer. (Cindy Yingst)

The entry from Big River Excavating (Cindy Yingst)

The entry from Clatsop Care (Cindy Yingst)

Jared Rickenbach makes his way down Main Avenue on his McCormick-Deering Farmall tractor. (Cindy Yingst)

Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer, and his wife, Kelsey, gather a crowd as they toss lots of candy to the crowds. They're riding in a Lektro aircraft tug made at Astoria Regional Airport. (Cindy Yingst)

The entry from Astoria Midsummer Festival. (Cindy Yingst)

CB Lawn Care did some impressive motorized maneuvers on their lawn equipment. (Cindy Yingst)


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