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Sacramento to hold ‘hometown heroes’ parade, rally Friday

Parade and event map for the Sacramento “hometown heroes” parade on Friday.
Parade and event map for the Sacramento “hometown heroes” parade on Friday.

Sacramento’s “hometown heroes” will get their hometown spotlight on Friday.

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone will be feted by a parade down Capitol Mall, followed by a rally on the west steps of the Capitol. Both events are free and open to the public.

The three friends from the Sacramento area thwarted a terrorist attack Aug. 21 on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. They’ve already received the Legion of Honor from the president of France and were lauded internationally for their actions.

The parade and rally will also pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

When and where: The parade begins at noon at Third Street and Capitol Mall, working its way to the west steps of the Capitol for a rally. The event is scheduled to run until 1 p.m.

Who: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone will be the guests of honor. Several local leaders and dignitaries are also planning to attend, including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, state elected officials and Sacramento Republic FC players. The event was organized by the mayor’s office, the Governor’s Office, state legislative officials, the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard.

Party details: Live music and food trucks will be on 10th Street starting at 11:30 a.m. The Air Force plans a flyover during the festivities and Sacramento singer and songwriter Jackie Greene is scheduled to perform.

Getting there: Event organizers encourage viewers to walk or take mass transit. There are two light-rail stops near the parade route: Seventh Street and Capitol Mall, and Eighth and Capitol Mall. Light-rail and bus schedules can be found at www.sacrt.com. Bike parking will also be available, including a bike valet provided by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.

Live coverage: Follow the event live with updates, photos and video at Sacbee.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. If you’re at the event, tweet or Instagram a photo with #SacHeroesParade to share what you’re seeing.

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