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Community members travel through town to celebrate the Fourth of July, joined by the mayor and several city councilors

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Bryson, Jaxson and Shelby Smith were some of the participants in Estacada's Patriotic March.

Though the traditional Estacada Fourth of July Parade was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several groups of community members made their way through town to celebrate Independence Day.

One group was the Estacada Patriotic March, which gathered at Estacada High School prior to traveling downtown on Saturday, July 4. They rode horses, drove in vehicles decorated with red, white and blue and distributed candy to community members.

"This is about people in Estacada standing for what they believe in," said Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine, one of the event's participants. "We believe in family values and freedom of choice. That's what we're all about. We're good people in a good community. That's why I'm here."

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada community members celebrate Independence Day by participating in an event on Saturday, July 4.

City Councilors Jerry Tenbush and Justin Gates were also in attendance, citing the freedom of assembly outlined in the First Amendment as motivation for being there. Both councilors also participated in the march against racism on Friday, June 26.

"This is our right to assemble, and I'm in support of that. If this event is what we needed to bring our community back together, I'm all for it," Tenbush said.

Gates added that he was particularly looking forward to seeing families participate in the event.

One such family was Bryson, Shelby and Jaxson Smith. As the group gathered at Estacada High School, Jaxson rode a toy tractor and prepared to give candy to other children.

"With all that's going on, I wanted my kid to participate," said Bryson Smith.

"It's a day to celebrate our freedom. I'm excited to see a good turn out," added Shelby Smith.

COURTESY PHOTO - Mayor Sean Drinkwine was one of the participants in the Estacada Patriotic March.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Estacada Patriotic March makes its way down Main Street on Saturday, July 4.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A participant in the Estacada Patriotic March shares candy with those watching the event.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Young Estacada community members prepare to ride horses in the Estacada Patriotic March.

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