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Cattle Call Parade is a welcome sight

November 13, 2011|By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer
  • People react to the Cattle Call Parade in Brawley on Saturday.
JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO

BRAWLEY — The annual Cattle Call Parade is nothing new for local resident Pedro Campas but he keeps on coming year after year.

No small wonder since for Campas, and his wife Juanita, the parade is the highlight of the year that features the sights he is accustomed to seeing.

“There are few events around here,” Campas said. “And this is the most important.”

Thousands of other people also felt that the parade was important enough to show up early and find a seat somewhere along the three-mile parade route on Main Street.

In addition to the usual Cattle Call Parade sights like U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback and this year’s Cattle Call queen and teen queen, Danielle Standiford and Chelcey Roper, respectively, waving to the crowd, there were marching bands and prominent lawmakers like Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D – Coachella, and state Sen. Denise Ducheny, D – San Diego.

But politicians weren’t what Elodia Valdez and her adult son Frank came to see as they patiently waited for the festivities to start in earnest. The crowds got bigger and bigger during the wait but that not diminish Elodia’s enthusiasm for the event.

“We came at 8:30 a.m.,” she said. “I love to see old cars.”

There were clowns entertaining the crowds, old gas-powered tractors dating back to the early 20th century moving down Main Street and service club members waving from cars.

Those were some of the familiar sights to Brawley resident Rafael Villa, who munched on left-over pancakes from the Lions Club Chuck Wagon Pancake Breakfast.

“I walked,” Villa said in Spanish on how he easily found a convenient spot at South Plaza Street from where to see the parade. “I’ve been here seeing this before.”

Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline.com

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