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The crowds were welcoming, the floats numerous, and the families happy to finally be out and about again in Buena Vista on Monday for a community tradition. The hometown parade was a welcome return for 2022, celebrating our freedoms and the 246th birthday of our country.

The color guard led off the July 4 Parade in Buena Vista.

The festivities in Buena Vista returned after the two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The revival of the traditional small-town parade, that for decades was held every 4th of July in Buena Vista seemed to finally mark the “return to normal” that Chaffee county residents and out-of-town visitors were looking for.

While there weren’t as many floats as in years past (people seem to be a little out of practice) it was nevertheless a sincere display, and it went off without a hitch.

Featured image: A Buena Vista School District bus festooned with red, white and blue, promoting the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s assistance in moving toward electric vehicles.

Ark Valley Voice Reporter Landon James captured some of the fun of the parade in photos:

This Mount Princeton Hot Springs antique transport added some history to the parade.

The Chaffee Republican Party float.