The 2002 Mother Lode Round-Up Parade is officially underway.
Thousands of People have lined Washington Street sitting on lawn chairs, in the backs of pick-up trucks and on flat bed trailers to view the annual Parade. The fun got underway at 10 a.m. sharp this morning.
Nearly 200 Parade entries will march, motor and trot their way from Restano Way north through downtown Sonora to the Red Church at the end of town.
The rodeo gets started at the fairgrounds at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
Police anticipate all streets closed to traffic for the parade to be reopened by 1 p.m.
Live streaming video of the parade is being carried on My Mother Lode dot Com, by clicking on the Mother Lode Round-Up link on the home page.