Brundidge to host Independence parade
Published 6:03 pm Monday, June 23, 2014
The 98th Army Band will, once again, be featured at the Brundidge Business Association’s annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Brundidge Saturday.
Rue Botts, parade chair, said the 98th Army Band is always a popular attraction.
“The band marches in the Independence Day Parade and then pulls off to the side and continues to play during the parade and a short time after. This is one of the most outstanding bands you’ll hear and the patriotic music is inspiring.”
Botts said about 50 entries have registered for the parade and she expects that many more to register before Saturday.
We encourage churches, clubs, ball teams, politicians, fire departments, public officials, everyone to participate in the parade,” she said. “Although there are no specific guidelines requiring a patriot theme for entries, we do encourage it as this is a time to celebrate being an American and living in the greatest country in the world.”
Botts said several professional floats are entered but anything that you can drive, push or pull will be acceptable.
“You can even walk,” she said, laughing.
But no matter what the entry; it needs to be registered by calling 334-372-1001.
Parade lineup is at 8 a.m. at the National Guard Armory on Highway 231. The parade will get underway at 9 a.m. and follow a Main Street route through the downtown area.
A program will follow the parade at the Knox Ryals Pavilion with a welcome from Mayor Jimmy Ramage, the introduction of the Grand Marshal Randy Ross and the introduction of the visiting Misses and Little Misses from neighboring cities and counties.
“We’re asking those who view the parade to wear red, white and blue and bring American flags to wave,” Botts said. “While in Brundidge, visit our local shops for special Independence Day values.”