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BLOOMFIELD — A crowd gathered along South First Street a few minutes before 10 a.m. today , anxiously waiting for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade.

The parade is among the highlights of Bloomfield’s Olde Tyme Family Fourth celebration, which began a couple of years ago.

This year, the parade started with the honk of a horn and sirens as a large fire truck, with American flags displayed on top, turned onto South First Street.

Because the parade was open to community members, many children rode their bikes along the route. One of those children was Jaydn Serna, whose aunt and mother helped him deck out his bike with American flags and dyed his hair patriotic colors.

This was the second year the 5-year-old rode his bike in the parade.

His grandmother, Karen Johnson, walked with him after the parade as he raced through the Verde del Rio San Juan Park in Bloomfield, where the parade ended.

“I’ve lived here since I was a little girl,” Johnson said, adding she enjoys participating in events like the one on the Fourth of July.

DeDe Mohler walked in the parade with her dachshund, Harley. It was their first time being part of the parade.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I think it’s fun for the kids.”

Nearby, David Rightmire walked his dog, a Perro de Presa Canario named Freya. The dog wore a red, white and blue lei around its neck for the occasion.

Rightmire said he likes the camaraderie of Bloomfield's Fourth of July celebration.

“It still shows open patriotism,” Rightmire said. “It was there for a while after Sept. 11, but it went away like any other fad.”

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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