Cambrian: Opinion

Pinedorado a big deal for showing small-town pride

The Linn’s float carries, from left Reese Tartalia, 11, Faith De La Cruz, 11, and Logan Hodges, 19, dressed as different characters from books in a recent Pinedorado Parade. The 68th annual event is coming up in September.
The Linn’s float carries, from left Reese Tartalia, 11, Faith De La Cruz, 11, and Logan Hodges, 19, dressed as different characters from books in a recent Pinedorado Parade. The 68th annual event is coming up in September. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

How do you follow up getting run over by a Pinedorado parade float (that would be me last year)? You get involved by helping spread the word to get more participants! Thankfully, my odds of being on parade floats outnumbers being under them by about 9 to 1! Much more fun when I was riding on top of the ol’ K-Otter Magic Bus!

This Labor Day will be my personal 35th Pinedorado and as many parades to enjoy. However, this year is intended to be the biggest and most fun yet as it is Cambria’s 150th year as a town and Lions Club International (which sponsors the festivities) turns 100. The theme of the 68th annual Pinedorado Parade, Saturday, Sept. 3rd is “Celebrate the Past — Serve the Future.”

To that end, parade organizer Lani Zaragoza is hoping to bring long-timers out of hiding: ranch families, past parade entrants and anyone who remembers the “good ol’ days” of revelry or respect. I never had anything to do with that first one. Nope. Hey, it was Mayor Handsome Hank (Henry Cooper) who was riding in a Honey Hut as his “throne,” wasn’t it? How about “Waitresses Over 40?” I asked once about reviving it as “Waitresses Over 60 and Sexy as Ever.”

Historian Dunlap lending a hand

Lani has enlisted the help of local historian Dawn Dunlap to contact and invigorate any and all past Pinedorado Queens and Princesses (to which elite club I, myself, belong — yup) to honor the past and the service they provided by raising funds for charities and activities.

Entries like the Shriners and classic cars (this year will be the 10th annual car show, by the way) are a must as are, apparently after brief surveys concluded, dogs dressed to the nines. She is also reaching out to more marching bands and musical entries, which will certainly liven things up. My friends The Rough House Band will be back. I may ask to get on ahead of time this year.

What about Soto’s True Earth Market? “Providing tasty provisions in Cambria since 1919” or perhaps one of the Community Supported Ag collectives, “Keeping Cambria’s Agricultural Roots Alive?” We have an amaaaaaazing technology group at the Santa Lucia Middle School. I’m still trying to brainstorm something for them, but what an awesome opportunity to put the message of your mad skills and services out there?! This IS about serving the future, after all.

Apply to be in parade by July 15

Lani hopes you will submit an application to her for the parade by July 15. You can register online at http://bit.ly/1UD2Qqp. If you have questions, call her at 909-1514 or email at noelaniz@aol.com. You are also welcome to email me at ltd@ladytiedi.com for ideas. Such as they are. Seriously, this is the epitome of small-town character and pride. A homecoming of sorts, bringing friends and families together for a weekend of simple pleasures, with the parade warming everybody’s hearts.

It’s easy, it is a great opportunity to be silly (the more respectfully outrageous the better), get your ya ya’s out and have fun and share it with all your adoring new fans (that you’ll be sure to make!) Make yourself a true Cambrian and join the parade. Help us celebrate Cambria in a big way!

Dianne Brooke’s column is special to The Cambrian. Email her at ltd@ladytiedi.com, or visit her website at www.ladytiedi.com.

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