The annual Celebrate America parade is getting set to kick off again this year and parade officials are looking for locals to enter up.
“Entry is FREE and we hope to see as many entries as we can on the day,” Keith Compton, committee member for Celebrate America Parade said.
Compton also said that there will be cash prizes up for grabs to the winners of the categories and best overall entry.
This year’s theme is ‘Hometown Fourth’, which translates to showing off how small-town America celebrates and embodies the Fourth of July and all its glory.
Categories for this year’s parade are; commercial, organization, church organization and best-decorated vehicle.
Also announced was this year’s Grand Marshal who is none-other than Lamar County local Gene Ray.
“Gene has given so much to this county and country,” Compton said, “he’s the kind of guy that never thinks twice about helping someone and we wanted to thank him for all those years he escorted our previous grand marshals through the parade as well. He’s very deserving.”
Compton said that they already have a few pre-registered floats for this year’s parade, and with the chance to win cash prizes of $200 for best overall, $100 for first in each category, $50 for second in each category, and $25 for third in each category; it may entice a few more people to join in on the July 4 morning parade.
To get full entry details you can go to http://www.celebrateamericaparade.com or you can contact Keith Compton on 903-739-3032.
If you truly want to commemorate the occasion you can also pick up a t-shirt at these locations. T-shirts cost $15 each:
- Liberty National Bank’s downtown location, 305 Lamar Ave.;
- Both First Federal Community Bank locations, 630 Clarksville St. and 3010 N.E. Loop 286;
- Brookshire’s, 925 Clarksville St.;
- Sandwich Etc., 3060 Lamar Ave.;
- Professional Business Systems, 1404 Lamar Ave.
“What better way to start your Fourth of July celebration than with a parade in the morning before you celebrate the day with friends and family,” Compton said.