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Clarksville hosts Fourth of July parade
SoVaNow.com / June 26, 2013Organizers continue to receive event entries for the fifth annual Fourth of July Parade to be held in Clarksville on July 4, at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, this year’s lineup will include decorated bicycles, floats, antique cars, trucks and tractors, decorated golf carts, fire trucks, bands, Color Guards, and Shriners Motor Corps miniature cars. Parade goers will have the opportunity to honor the area’s Veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces. Provisions have also been arranged for disabled Veterans who wish to participate.
“Our emphasis continues to be on having a traditional small-town celebration of our nation’s heritage, with emphasis on local participation,” said Charles Lee, parade committee chairman. “The Parade Committee is planning several activities to extend the celebratory spirit beyond the parade itself. It’s a great time for everyone to enjoy a few hours together recognizing our nation’s independence, and the sacrifice our servicemen and women make to ensure our independence and way of life. It also strengthens the bonds that make us a ‘community,’ because it attracts many of our lakeside neighbors who join us on weekends and vacations. We are particularly interested in increasing awareness of these patriotic values among our children and youth”.
Children and youth are encouraged to participate, and free patriotic decorations and decorating assistance will be available for bikes and trikes.
The parade will again honor our Veterans, servicemen and women. All Veterans and those currently serving are strongly encouraged to participate in the event and give parade spectators the opportunity to express their appreciation for the sacrifices made on the nation’s behalf. Convertible cars and specially equipped and decorated pontoon boats will be available to carry Veterans in the parade and assistance for those with special needs will be available as well. At the end of the parade, these special guests and their families will be ushered into the cool Thrift Shop and served lunch by local Ruritans. There will be additional seating in the building any other parade goers may utilize.
The popular Clarksville Country Band will entertain participants and attendees during, and after, lunch. Shoppers will find the Thrift Shop open for business and inflatable rides and attractions will be set up for kids of all ages to enjoy on the grassy strip beside the Thrift Shop. Free snow cones and popcorn will also be available.
The section of Clarksville’s Virginia Avenue between Ninth Street and Second Street will be closed to through traffic from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the day of the parade. Traffic during that period will be re-routed. The public is respectfully asked to refrain from parking along Virginia Avenue between 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to accommodate parade onlookers.
Kicking off the parade lineup will be the Honor Guard, followed by designated floats for our Veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces, bicycles, golf carts, Shriner’s Motor Corps, antique cars, tractors and trucks, motorcycles, first responder units, assorted floats and horses. Also American flags will be distributed to everyone in attendance.
Parade entrants are asked to be in place no later than 10:30 a.m. and to congregate in the following locations, according to category:
Bicycles and golf carts – Bank of America parking lot on Virginia Ave.
Antique cars – Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home drive way and parking lot (please enter through Eighth St. entrance to parking lot)
Motorcycles and Shriners Motor Corps – On Eighth St. by Coopers Landing Restaurant (south side of Virginia Ave.)
Assorted floats and misc. entrants – Along Eighth St. on the north side of Virginia Avenue( opposite Coopers Landing ).
Veterans and servicemen and women on Designated Floats – On Virginia Ave. between Dollar General and Eighth St. (Veterans asked to meet by produce stand in Dollar General parking lot prior to parade)
Horses – Park trailers in Masonic Lodge parking lot on Buffalo Rd., proceed down Buffalo Rd. and assemble behind floats on Eighth St. Horses will not be allowed to mingle with spectators in the general parade area during or after the parade for safety reasons
Antique trucks and tractors – Line up along Virginia Ave. on both sides from Eighth St. west towards Hwy 15 intersection and traffic light (hauling trailers can be left in the Dollar General Grocery Store parking lot beside Subway.
Fire department and rescue squad entrants – On Ninth St. on the north side of Virginia Ave.
Parade staffers in bright gold shirts will be available the day of the event to answer any questions entrants may have. Any questions regarding the staging information or parade order can also be directed to John Lee at (434) 372-6111 prior to the event or (434) 210-2589 the day of the event.
The Parade will begin at 11 a.m., proceed down Virginia Avenue, and end in the parking lot behind Wells-Fargo Bank, where all entrants and spectators will be treated to free hotdogs and soft drinks.
Applications, directions, and rules for entry may be secured at the Ruritan Thrift Shop, Clarksville Town Hall, and the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce website, and applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Parade entries are required to have a patriotic theme, and drivers of motorized entries must be licensed. Area businesses and other organizations are being encouraged to participate, along with antique car, truck and tractor enthusiasts and golf cart owners.
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