This is our third year of watching the Tiller Days parade go in front of our boutique in Old Town Tustin, and each year we love it a little more. It’s an old-fashioned, yet contemporary, slice of life in Southern California. The parade lasts about two hours and includes cheerleaders, dancers, and bands from the local high schools, as well as ROTC volunteers, Shriners, tractors, boy and girl scouts, local businesses and organizations, and horses. This post is picture-heavy. I wanted to capture it all!

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tractors

Tractors on Main Street

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Horse with Rider and Flag

Horse with Rider and Flag

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Dancer

Dancer

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

–Brett

P.S. Want to see last year’s photos? Click here.

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On Saturday was a highlight of the social season here in Tustin, CA: the annual Tustin Tiller Days Parade! The parade goes through Old Town and ends at Columbus Tustin Park, where a carnival runs from Friday until Sunday. We are lucky because the parade route goes right in front of I Dream of France, so we have a great vantage point. Celebrity guests who rode in the parade this year were Grand Marshall Rex Hudler, Michele Dominguez Greene, Lauren Summers, Michael Welch, and Savannah Stehlin.

Here are some of the photos we took. One of the many things we love about Tustin is that the residents share civic pride in a colorful yet down-to-earth way. I’ll let the photos illustrate!

Foothill High School Cheerleaders (With I Dream of France in the Background)

Foothill High School Cheerleaders (With I Dream of France in the Background)

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA, with Snoopy

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

Boy Scouts (Viewed from Inside I Dream of France)

Boy Scouts (Viewed from Inside I Dream of France)

1948 Farmall Cab Tractor

1948 Farmall Cab Tractor

Local Equestrians

Local Equestrians

Roosevelt High School Marching Band from Corona, CA

Roosevelt High School Marching Band from Corona, CA

During the parade, I walked around the corner to look for more photo opportunities. At one point the parade slowed and came to a stop, right before the Band/Majorette judging point. (I didn’t know parades had bottlenecks!) It gave me the chance to take photos of parade participants in pause.

Horses and Their Riders

Horses and Their Riders

Navy JROTC from Santa Ana, CA

Navy JROTC from Santa Ana, CA

Tustin High Marching Band

Tustin High Marching Band

That’s all, folks!

–Brett