Fourth of July Parade To Honor Military Families

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3, and, according to organizers, it will be bigger and better than ever.

The theme of this year's parade is "Marshall County -- As American As Mom, Baseball and Apple Pie." The parade will honor the families of the deployed 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of Tennessee National Guard -- as well as all service men and women from Marshall County currently deployed -- by having those families serve as Grand Marshals of the parade. The theme interpretation of the parade is "Celebrating the rich heritage of patriotism found among the citizens of Marshall County."

Special guests already confirmed for the parade are WSMV's Snowbird and weather anchor Lisa Spencer; WKRN's Channel 2 sports anchor Dawn Davenport; Fox News Anchor Scott Couch; and Marshall County's own Liz Young, who was a finalist in last season's reality show The Biggest Loser.

There will be Civil War, WW II and Native American re-enactors participating in the parade, along with antique cars, tractors and of course, in an election year, local and state politicians including candidates for governor.

Businesses, churches, non-profit groups, youth organizations, politicians, pageant winners and individuals are encouraged to register and participate in the parade. A special invitation is extended to all youth baseball and softball players to wear their uniforms and march in the parade. Horses, mules, wagon trains, antique tractors, classic and show cars are welcomed.

The parade will line up at The Acres Shopping Center with Goodwill Career Solutions serving as the check-in point. It will travel along East Commerce to the square and then proceed along West Commerce, dispersing at Tiger Boulevard.

Parade entries must be at least 75 percent decorated and incorporate the theme of the parade, "Marshall County -- As American As Mom, Baseball and Apple Pie." Judging will take place prior to the start of the parade. Eligible categories for judging will be Business, Church, Non-Profit, Political Campaigns and Specialized. There will also be awards for Classic and Show Cars. There is no entry fee for the parade, but an entry form must be submitted no later than June 25. Entry forms may be picked up at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce office, Goodwill Career Solutions, or the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

For more information contact Jamie Bone, Parade Chairman, at 359-4243; or Ritaanne Weaver, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, at 359-3863.