Kids greet the crowds with this year's Vale Fourth of July parade theme: "Love Where You Live." (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

VALE – Although a Gallup poll published last Tuesday showed that pride in the United States has dropped to an all-time low, that wasn’t the case in Vale. 

Nowhere was that U.S. patriotism more evident than in the parade preceding the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday.

This year’s annual Vale Fourth of July Parade had the kind of energy that would have rivaled a big-city celebration.

The parade route started at the Vale High school parking lot and went down Yakima Street before turning east on A Street to downtown Vale.

Photos by Isabella Garcia, Kristine de Leon, Joe Siess and Les Zaitz.

Vale 4th of July grand marshals Nick and Sheryl Johnson lead the parade in a horse drawn carriage. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

One of the Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo Court royalty gives a wave from her horse. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

The Idaho Girls Rodeo Association senior queen waves in her patriotic colors. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Bo Bourasa, 2019 Vale 4th of July Rodeo Queen, beams at the camera as she makes her way through Vale atop her horse, tossing out candy to parade spectators. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

This year's Vale 4th of July parade brought plenty country spirit as groups of cowboys and cowgirls made their way through town by horse. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

R & L Auto Repair cruises towards downtown Vale during the 4th of July parade. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Bob Bement of Vale gives a thumbs up as he drives his gleaming pickup in the parade. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

This year's Vale 4th of July parade had high participation from local rodeo and riding queens, according to parade organizers. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Parade participants give the camera a smile and a wave on the 4th of July. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

While there were fewer classic cars in this parade than year's past, the ones that did participate shined brilliantly. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A young parade participant focuses on driving is float through town. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

There was no shortage of American flag garb as the Vale 4th of July parade made its way through town. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Parade participants made like flags and waved all route long. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

The Vale High School float offered relief from the heat with squirt guns and water balloons. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

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