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Indy 500 winner Rossi will slow down for parade in his hometown, Nevada City

Alexander Rossi drives on track during the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Alexander Rossi drives on track during the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AP

Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will return to his hometown of Nevada City on Sept. 11 for its annual Constitution Day Parade.

Organizers have been in touch with Rossi’s management since the 24-year-old driver pulled off his upset win. When he crossed the finish line of the Memorial Day race, he became the first American-born rookie to win at Indianapolis since 1928.

“Nevada City is proud of him and is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome him home,” said parade organizer Sean Metroka.

The Gold Rush town midway between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento festoons streets with flags and bunting every year to mark when delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 signed the document in Philadelphia.

The weekend of Sept. 10-11 includes the parade, Revolutionary War Living History demonstrations at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek and a free outdoor big-band concert.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade with Rossi features more than 100 entries. The parade through downtown includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, horses and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of each of the country’s presidents.

Parade viewers should plan to arrive an hour early, organizers said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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