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July 4th, 2005 Parade - City Of Milpitas

There is nothing more exhilarating than flying the colors on the 4th of July. Because of a glitch that occurred last year, there was no 2004 City of Milpitas 4th of July parade. This year, there was and it was apparent that a lot of the participants wanted to make up for the lost time.

Combining strengths as we have in the past, Milpitas Council 5796 and St. Elizabeth Council 8747 joined up with St. Joseph Assembly 2246 and the San Jose Chapter along with the Frank Marazino Agency for a combined show of color, pageantry, and patriotism. Please enjoy our photo album of the day's events.

Parades require preparation. Oftentimes, the preparation continues right down to the very minute the parade starts.

Prior to the parade, the vehicles used had to be decorated. This year was no exception. Above, from left to right, Knights and their Ladies carefully placed red, white, and blue decorations on each of the cars. This year, we were privileged to have the Frank Maranzino Agency provide their Santa Maria float for the parade. This float has been displayed at various state conventions and exemplifications.

All of the incoming officers representing each of the Councils, Assembly, and San Jose Chapter were honored by being able to ride in a car provided by one of the members. Some of these cars were classics.

Pictured above from left to right, incoming Grand Knight for St. Elizabeth Council 8747 Tim Crews and his Lady Beth rode in SK Lud Indihar and Lady Adeline's classic 1966 Chrysler Imperial convertible. Following behind Grand Knight Tim Crews in a 1964 Ford Mustang provided by Brother Lou Horyza was incoming Grand Knight Ralph Manfredo and Lady Sharon. Riding shotgun was long time member of Milpitas Council 5796, Dave Marshall. Following behind Grand Knight Ralph Manfredo in an 1995 Corvette once used as an Indy pace car provided by the daughter of Past Faithful Navigator Bill Poehlman, were incoming Faithful Navigator Ed Blake and Lady Lenore.

From left to right, as the start time for the parade neared, Color Corp Commander Greg Dessel assembled the Sir Knights, Brother Knights, and family members to give final instructions, line everyone up in their proper position and order so that when the parade began we were ready to march. In the center photo, the lead honor guard and flag bearers displaying our national ensign and the Knights of Columbus lead our entire group. Immediately following behind the honor guard were Northern California Master Jim Letcher and Color Corp Commander Greg Dessel. Immediately behind them were the flags representing each of the armed services with the POW-MIA flag behind them. A walking group followed then vehicles carrying the incoming officers.

Words cannot adequately express the site of a Knights of Columbus Color Guard marching down the street in full regalia.

Here is how our contingent looked as we marched down Main Street

At the end of the parade route, the honor guard, flag bearers, and San Jose Chapter President Joe Reno posed for a group shot with the Santa Maria float in the background.

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