Main Street Independence Day Parade in Santa Monica Draws Crowds, quakes
Even an earthquake did not interrupt the annual procession down Main Street
July 8, 2019
Despite the earthquakes, Santa Monica conducted its annual parade on Thursday July 4, 2019. It lasted from 9:30 to 11 am. The 6.4 Richter scale temblor occurred at 10:19 am.
The parade featured more than the usual protests, this is after all the Trump era. One lady had a shirt that said "children in cages." And local peace activist Jerry Rubin was there.
The santa monica high school marching band was there, as were the usual stilt walkers. The quake did not throw them off balance.
An earthquake literally occurred during the parade, the first of two back to back earthquakes centered near Ridgecrest California. This was the first one, the 6.4 earthquake. Few people seemed to notice it however, and the parade was not interrupted.
From the Ocean Park Association's website: "The 13th Annual Fourth of July Parade July 4, 9:30am-12pm Main Street Produced by the Ocean Park Association, celebrate home and country at the 13th annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade. The Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade has grown every year and brings together families, musicians, civic groups and exhibitionists of all stripes."