Cayucos celebrated the Fourth of July on Tuesday with a full day of patriotic pizzazz, fun and fireworks.
Thousands attended the annual sand sculpture contest and parade, where people lined the sides of Ocean Avenue to cheer on community floats, riders on horseback and other red-white-and-blue-bedecked participants.
There was a “Hippie Bus,” hot rods, dancers, firetrucks, World War II vehicles, several rock band floats, and even a pirate pulling a couple of mermaids in a dinghy.
Parade chairman Bob Dufosee said there were four trophies handed out: best entry to Nana’s Bunch; best decorated to SLO SUB Vets; most patriotic to Robinson Family; and most humorous to Sea Shanty “Beauty and the Beast.”
During the afternoon, beach games were held near the pier while bingo was offered at the Veterans Hall.
The day culminated with a fireworks show shot off from the pier.
There were also parades, fireworks and other events throughout San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the WWII vehicles in the parade.