Independence Day parade floats available

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Brundidge Business Association (BBA) is moving ahead with its plans for the 2015 Independence Day Parade held annually on the last Saturday in June.

This year’s parade will be a 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27, and will follow a downtown route on Main Street.

Lamar Steed at Steed Tire Company and Chris Foster at First National Bank will chair the parade this year and are accepting reservations for professional floats.

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The floats are $500 each and are decorated with a patriotic theme and have space for a large number of riders.

“These floats are good ways for people to advertise their businesses or for ball teams or queens to ride,” Steed said. “Some businesses or clubs share a float and that’s all right, too. Those who would like to put a float in the parade need to get in touch with me or Chris because we need to let the company that we get the floats from know how many we need and real soon.”

Steed said the floats will arrive at Wendell K. Taylor National Guard Armory on Highway 231 in Brundidge around 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

“Those who reserve the floats will be responsible for putting any additional decorations on the floats and identifying signs on the sides or back,” he said.

Dixie Shehane, BBA president, said she has already received several cards of acceptance to participate in the parade from area queens who will also represent their communities at the National Peanut Festival Pageant in Dothan in the fall. The BBA hosts a reception following the Independence Day Parade for all queens who participate in the parade.

A special effort will be made to involve veterans in the patriotic parade.

“Also to honor our veterans, Randy Ross, Pike County veterans affairs officer, has agreed to organize an event recognizing our veterans and their service at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Knox Ryals Pavilion on the grounds of Brundidge City Hall,” Shehane said. “These events have been very special and meaningful in the past, and I’m sure it will be an event that we all will want to attend.”

During BBA’s meeting Tuesday, Shehane welcomed the Randy Griffin family as new members to the association. The Griffins own and operate Griffin’s Café on Church Street. The café is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves down-home cooking. Griffin’s Cafe has already earned an outstanding reputation for its hamburgers and cheeseburgers from the Brundidge community.

Shehane also congratulated Chuck Caraway, owner and president of Southern Classic Food Group, on his company’s partnership with Magnolia Vegetable Processors, a new company locating in Brundidge, and with a significant nationally distributed juice company to package foodservice juice products.

For more information about the parade or to reserve a place in the lineup, call 334-735-2306 or 735-2179.