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Veterans, classic cars and politicians featured in Modesto Fourth of July parade

(Dan Day/dday@modbee.com) - Efren Martin, the Quake DJ, whirls an American flag at the Intersection of 16th and I streets in downtown Modesto during the annual Fourth of July parade.
(Dan Day/dday@modbee.com) - Efren Martin, the Quake DJ, whirls an American flag at the Intersection of 16th and I streets in downtown Modesto during the annual Fourth of July parade.

Military veterans, classic cars and a full complement of politicians and government officials were featured as the annual Fourth of July meandered through the streets of downtown Modesto for more than two hours.

The parade was led by a long contingent of veterans from several American conflicts.

Politicians aplenty waved to the crowd from pickups and convertible cars, and the parade left no doubt a race is under way to succeed Mayor Jim Ridenour, who waved to the crowd from what appeared to be a lawn chair on the back of a truck.

Pam Able sat atop a convertible, riding in the parade for the first time as superintendent of Modesto City Schools. Sheriff Adam Christianson donned a western-style black suit and rode in the bed of a pickup truck.

The parade had its usual proliferation of firetrucks and military vehicles as well as classic cars and novelty vehicles driven by Shriners and clowns.

A big crowd lined the streets, fanned by a light breeze on a sunny day in which the temperature eventually topped out a 99 degrees, according to the Modesto Irrigation District.

To view a gallery of photos from the parade, click here.

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