Volunteers needed for July 4th parade

Friday, June 29, 2012

From staff reports

Lewisburg's Fourth of July Parade Committee consists of one person and he's pressed his office secretary into service as parade entries are being registered before Wednesday morning.

As a result, Parade Chairman Jamie Bone needs volunteers, according to an announcement issued by Ritaanne Weaver, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers are needed to decorate the 16-foot trailer that will carry the wounded veterans who are being honored by the parade dedicated to their military service and sacrifice, Weaver announced.

"You would need to be at The Acres by 7 a.m.," she said of the shopping plaza at East Commerce Street and North Ellington Parkway. "Materials will be provided" to decorate the float.

Volunteers are also needed "to help set up for the pageant around the pool" at the city Recreation Center where Miss Marshall County will be selected.

Weaver suggested that people may call her at 359-3863 or Bone at 359-4243 if they're interested in participating in the festivities before the parade and before the pageant.

As for people who want to participate in the parade, a release form must be signed, Bone said. To do so, go to the Career Solutions office next to the Goodwill store.

"Or, if they'll just give me a call, I'll put them on the parade list," Bone said. On Wednesday, "They'll be able to come into the Career Solutions office to sign in for the parade."

The parade starts at The Acres parking lot and goes onto East Commerce Street to the public square and then on to the Recreation Center. The first part of the parade will be in a construction zone.

Lewisburg's public square will be blocked off so the parade may cross the square on the south side, meaning it won't go around the Courthouse.

"I've been working since November with the Wounded Warrior project, Operation First Response and Hope for the Hero, and those organizations will bring several veterans" to the parade, Bone said. "Most of them will be coming from out of town. The Elks Lodge has decided to provide lunch for those veterans after the parade."

The Patriot Guard Riders will be escorting the wounded warriors.

Other notables anticipated in the parade include: Miss Tennessee, Miss Teen Tennessee USA, Miss Black Tennessee, Miss Tennessee International, Vickie Yates from Channel 5, Samantha Fisher of Channel 2, Newshound from Channel 5 and Channel 4's Snowbird.

"We even have a hulahoop club from Nashville called the HulaHoopers who will be hulahooping the entire route," Bone said. "The U.S. Coast Guard will run a boat in the parade as will the Shriners, The Music City Mustang Club, the Rocket City Mustang Club, and the Vettes, a Corvette club, and the Wheel Billy Cruisers car club."

The Cowboy Church of Limestone County, Ala., is bringing a chuck wagon and riders. The Nashville Corvette Club and the Military Motor Pool of Middle Tennessee, a group that restores military vehicles, are rolling in the parade.

Several nonprofit organizations will have floats in the parade.

"It's going to be bigger than last year," Bone said. "It was the biggest we've ever had. This one should be even larger."