Carlsbad focuses on Independence Day forgets pandemic and floods

Carlsbad Fire Chief Richard Lopez drives an antique fire engine in Carlsbad's Independence Day parade on July 3, 2021.

For nearly an hour Saturday, Carlsbad residents did not think about COVID-19 or the flooding rains that hit the community earlier in the week.

Instead residents focused on the the Fourth of July parade which was the start of Independence Day festivities. The parade was the first major event in Carlsbad this year since COVID-19 health restrictions started easing months ago.

“An Old Fashioned Patriotic Fourth of July Parade” was sponsored by Carlsbad MainStreet, Creative Carlsbad, City of Carlsbad and Eddy County. The parade lined up on Church Street and Walter Street and proceeded downtown with a mix of entrants ranging from hot rods to fire engines and ambulances from the Carlsbad Fire Department, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and multiple Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

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