We spent the 3rd day of our trip (the 4th of July) watching the parade in the small town of Columbia. Columbia was a California gold rush boom town founded in 1850 that lives on as a state preserved historic park and a National Historic Landmark. We found a bench on the shady side of the street and watched the parade go by. It was a typical small town parade, but with a historic slant.
This gentleman was across the street from us and entertained people with his impromptu songs.
The next day we headed for State Highway 49 and home (with a stop in Oakhurst at a favorite barbeque cafe!).