RAYMOND – The 28th Annual Raymond Parade and Family Fun Day is set for Saturday, Apr. 19, on Road 608 in the historic little town formerly known as Wildcat Station.
Family Fun Day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a swap meet, craft and food fair. The parade starts at noon.
The public is invited to watch the parade on Road 608, a.k.a. the Raymond Road.
Raymond is a town of less than 1,000 people sitting at just under 1,000 ft. elevation, steeped in western history that’s in full view during the hour long parade. Featuring fire engines, horses, clowns, antique cars, dancers, music and all the elements that make a small town parade an outstanding, must-see experience, the Raymond event is not to be missed.
The first post office opened under the town’s original name, Wildcat Station, in 1886, and the place was renamed Raymond when the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the town that same year. Raymond looks about the same as it has for over 100 years, though fires have taken out many of the old buildings along the way.
Usually open only on Sundays, the Raymond Museum will be open for business the Saturday of the parade, and closed the following day, which is Easter Sunday. The museum location was once the original homestead house built for Charles Miller, among the first stagecoach and railroad agents for early travel into Yosemite valley.
Raymond is said to be one of the few towns in the Sierra Nevada built not because of the gold rush, but for tourism. The Raymond Parade is a great way for tourists and locals alike to get a taste of the old west.
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