The 26th annual Celebrate America parade will feature a long-time community supporter as the parade’s grand marshal.
Keith Compton, with Celebrate America’s planning committee, said Gene Ray, this year’s Grand Marshal, has been involved with the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial, is a part of the local car club and has escorted previous grand marshals in previous years with one of his personal antique cars.
“He’s very supportive of our veterans, country and community,” Compton said. “He’s donated quite a bit of time, money and support toward those three elements.”
This year’s theme for the parade is Hometown Pride.
Compton asks for the community to attend the parade, or be in the parade, and show “our Hometown Pride to celebrate our great nation.”
Entries for the parade can range from professionally made floats, homemade floats, marching groups, equestrian groups and vehicles — cars, trucks, motorcycles, military, tractors, bicycles, tricycle, wagons, etc.
Set for July 4 at 10 am., the Celebrate America parade will begin staging at 8 a.m. at Lamar County Courthouse’s parking lot, 119 N. Main St.
This year’s categories include:
- church organization; and
- best decorated vehicle.
Best overall entry will receive a $200 cash prize, and the category prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third place.
For more information, or to receive an entry form, contact Compton at 903-739-3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no entry fee to be in the parade.
T-shirts for the 26th annual Celebrate America parade can be bought for $15 a piece at:
- Liberty National Bank’s downtown location, 305 Lamar Ave.;
- both First Federal Community Bank locations, 630 Clarksville St. and 3010 N.E. Loop 286;
- Brookshire’s, 925 Clarksville St.;
- Sandwich Etc., 3060 Lamar Ave.; or
- Professional Business Systems, 1404 Lamar Ave.