Yankee Doodle’s coming to town and he’s bringing macaroni.
It’s not a feather in a tri-corner hat, and we’re not sure there’s a pony involved, but the most popular pasta in America is definitely something you should bring with you, along with sunscreen, water and a lawn chair to the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade on Monday.
Soccer players dressed in dynamic blue and white uniforms will be walking the parade route, collecting packages of macaroni and cheese to donate to the SCV Food Pantry.
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Our hometown, first-place semi-pro women’s soccer team Santa Clarita Blue Heat will be part of this holiday tradition with their unique way of helping the community that supports them.
Team members will be riding the KHTS AM1220 1948 Mack fire truck, and some of their colleagues and supporters will be walking alongside the truck to collect macaroni and cheese from spectators, all for the SCV Food Pantry.
Parade organizers ask that if people would like to donate, remember to let the soccer players come to you – it’s dangerous to run toward a moving parade vehicle.
In addition, Trader Joe’s has given Blue Heat hundreds of brown paper bags to be passed out along the route so people can fill them with groceries and donate the filled bags at the Pantry’s Railroad Avenue location.
The team wants to make sure that the Pantry’s mission is met: that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley goes to bed hungry.
The truck will be driven by team owner Dr. Ron Singer, who was also the truck’s original owner. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Hart Park, travels down Main Street in old Newhall, turns left on Lyons Avenue, right on Orchard Village Road and right on 16th Street, disbanding in Newhall Park. For a lineup and event information, click here.