FONTANA - For Briannah Gutierrez, 3, Saturday was her first encounter with snow.
Earlier in the day, the city of Fontana had arranged for 40 tons of snow to be delivered to Miller Park as part of the annual Festival of Winter celebration.
Briannah didn't say much about the experience, but her mother Giselle Guitierrez said during a sled trip down a small hill created for the snow event that her daughter didn't like the white slushy snow on her clothing.
She did seem to enjoy touching it and picking out a piece to show her brother.
The Festival of Winter followed the city's annual Christmas Parade, which drew more than 60 entries and thousands of people.
Longtime parade watchers said they felt the day's pleasant weather drew many more people out of their homes than the last several years, when conditions were significantly cooler and sometimes wet.
Nestled into three chairs in a shady part of the sidewalk overlooking the parade route on Sierra Avenue were some former Fontana residents.
"We are reconnecting with our past," said Kathie Obeso, a north San Bernardino resident who grew up in Fontana.
"We come here and it's memory lane," said Obeso, a 1986 graduate of Fontana High School.
Her twin sister Kristie Ramirez, now a Grand Terrace resident, and her 14-year old daughter were sitting alongside Obeso.
Directly across Sierra was an acupuncture business. When they were growing up, it was Lazios Sporting Goods, the twins said.
Nearby was a Mexican restaurant, formerly the site of Jolly Farms Barbecue, the twins said.
"There's a lot of nostalgia going on here," Obeso said.
Some distance south on Sierra was parade watcher Dee Dee Arganda, who has taught middle school in the Fontana Unified School District for 24 years.
A Jurupa Hills resident, Arganda said she came to the parade "to see my students."
"I only come when the weather is good," said Maria Chavez, who now lives in Rialto but spent most of her life in Fontana.
When various cars with elected officials drove buy, serval times Chavez, a 1976 Fontana High graduate, blurted out, "I went to school with him (or her)."
Announcing the parade floats was Randy Binks, the oldest son of Kathy Binks, a 25-year-veteran of the school board, who retires from the board on Wednesday.
Binks was the parade marshal this year - her first time.
"I felt honored," Binks said, adding that there "are at least 26 members of the Binks family" at the parade.
At that point, a new Corvette drove by in the parade with FUSD Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks in the passenger seat.
Make that "at least 27 Binks family members," Kathy Binks said.
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