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Brundidge gears up for annual parade

Brundidge is a red, white and blue community filled with patriotic pride.

Not many communities of less than 2,500 people can boast of a longstanding Main Street parade that celebrates the country’s independence. But, on the last Saturday in June each year, the Brundidge Business Association rolls out the red carpet for the Independence Day Parade.

This year’s parade will begin at 9 a.m. on June 27 and follow a Main Street route through town. The annual parade honors those whose military service has earned and preserved the freedoms that all Americans enjoy.

“The Brundidge Independence Day Parade has a proud history of nearly 30 years, and it’s a tradition that we hope will endure for many generations,” said Jennifer Garrett, BBA president.

Entries for the parade are being accepted and the only requirement is that each entry has a patriotic theme.

The Fort Rucker Military Band will lead the parade ,and the band alone draws a big crowd, Garrett said

“We welcome floats and everything on wheels from tricycles to limousines,” Garrett said. “Those who would rather walk than ride are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit and join us.”

To place an entry in the Independence Day Parade, visit Rue’s Antiques on Main Street in Brundidge or call 334-735-3125.

The 2009 Independence Day Parade will be the highlight of a day of fun-filled activities in Brundidge. Following the parade, the queens from cities around the area will be introduced at the Knox Ryals Pavilion followed by the Queens Tea which will be hosted by the BBA.

“Entertainment for the day will be provided by Don Fuda and The Classics and Walter Wilson, formerly of Brundidge, who is a gospel/country singer.

“We’ll have hotdogs for sale on the grounds of the Bass House and also drawings for several really great prizes,” Garrett said. “Don Fuda has donated a guitar ,and we’ll also have a 32-inch flat-screen TV to give to some lucky person. Tickets for the drawing are a dollar and will be available at the parade.”

Garrett said everyone is encouraged to get the Fourth of July holidays off to an early start by being a part of the Independence Day Parade in Brundidge on June 27.