LA MESA – A sun-drenched Saturday greeted a mix of marching bands, civic groups and politicians of all stripes who gathered to participate in the city’s annual Flag Day Parade.
The clear highlight led off the parade, the U.S. Marine Corps Band, but the Marines had good company with bands from Helix High and Warren-Walker School, among others, keeping the parade’s sound track lively and continuous.
The parade, not surprisingly given its patriotic theme, had the politicians out in full force with U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and a scattering of Sarah Palin fans representing the far right and cars extolling the virtues of being liberal and declaring La Mesa a “Blue City’’ shoring up the left.
If a Best Presentation By a Local Politician Award was given at this parade, it would have clearly been granted to Dr. Mark Arapostathis, a La Mesa City Council member who arrived on a motorcycle and whose entourage included dozens of singing teenagers, the cast of his theater group’s latest play.
By mid-day the participants and many spectators had moved off to other Saturday activities, but for this morning, the flag reigned supreme over La Mesa Boulevard.