Kenwood Royal Court and FD lead unofficial July 4th parade
JULY 15, 2021
By Melissa Dowling and Regina Rolland
The Kenwood Fire Department, Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, the Devils Darlin’s Car Club, Kenwood Community Church, and the Glen Ellen Kenwood Rotary scrambled to organize scaled down unofficial post-pandemic events for the fourth of July.
Kenwoodians lined the streets to watch the long-standing traditional Kenwood July 4th Parade led by KFD engines and the traditional royal court.
Queen Sophia Carbanaro grew up in Sonoma Valley and attended Kenwood Elementary, where her passion for theater began. She recently graduated from Maria Carillo High School with honors and plans a career in the theatrical arts industry. She will be attending the University of Redlands in the fall where she will be a Theater Business Major.
King Tyler Bellach also attended Kenwood Elementary and has been an Explorer Scout for the Kenwood Fire Department. He graduated from Maria Carrillo High this year and will study fire technology at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Prince Josh Stocks, another Kenwood Elementary alum, enjoys baseball and mountain biking. His Little League team just won the regional championship for the first time in Rincon Valley Little League history. He will attend Maria Carrillo High in the fall.
Princess Taylor Clawson attended Kenwood Elementary and loves her community. She has made many lifelong friends growing up in Kenwood. She is an accomplished Track and Field athlete and plans to join the team at Maria Carrillo High, where she will attend in the fall.
In lieu of the traditional July 4th celebrations, Glen Ellen Kenwood Rotary organized a BYOE (bring your own everything) event with live music at the gazebo in Kenwood Plaza Park featuring live music from the Tonewoods and Powerglide. The crowd, small when compared to years past, brought their own chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages, and enjoyed a lovely afternoon celebrating Independence Day. The Kenwood Community Church, which in normal years hosts a pancake breakfast, provided coffee, donuts, and good cheer to passersby.