Viewing veterans say Kingman's Andy Devine Days Parade as good as ever

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The horn offers a reflective view of this Kingman High School student’s bandmates Saturday during the Andy Devine Days Parade.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> The horn offers a reflective view of this Kingman High School student’s bandmates Saturday during the Andy Devine Days Parade.

KINGMAN - Kingman's Andy Devine Days Parade Saturday drew hundreds to Beale Street downtown. Attendees filled each side of the street and cheered as their favorite floats, vehicles and people chugged on by.

Darlene Howell, a Kingman resident since 1989, said parade day seemed a little bit hotter than normal. She has been to every parade since she arrived in Kingman, and this year her entourage included four generations from her family.

"I'm very involved with Kingman," Howell said.

Along with Howell were Brittany Broderick and Kynsleigh Broderick, two generations of Howell's family.

"There were a lot more [entries] than last year," Brittany Broderick said while she and Howell enjoyed Kynsleigh's reactions to horses, the "ballerina puppy" - a dog helping to lead Turquoise and Leather's parade entry shaved with what appeared to be a Continental Clip cut - and, of course, candy.

Reva McDonald was attending this year for the first time.

"I have a daughter in FBLA. I'm here to support her and everybody. I'm so proud of her," McDonald said.

When asked what she thought of the parade, she said it was good.

"It's better than I thought it would be," she said. McDonald attended the parade even after her graveyard shift the preceding night.

"It was more than well worth it," she said.

Wanda Hernandez was with McDonald. She said there were a few problems, including a Lions' Club vehicle that caught on fire during the parade and a tire that fell off of a vehicle's wooden-spoke wheel in the road. Hernandez still enjoyed the parade, saying, "It's nice."

Darrell and Erica Reeves were in attendance for their second time.

"I like the parade," said Darrell.

"You get to see all of the community organizations, schools and businesses," said Erica. "I hope they maintain it and keep it up."

Andy Devine Days wraps up with the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo 2015 at 1 p.m. today in the Mohave County Fairgrounds arena. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

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