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Posted by on Jul 3, 2011 in Articles, Locals | 1 comment

4th of July Kicked Off with Annual Parade

(scroll to the bottom to see the pictures)

This year’s  4th of July parade was quite larger than in recent years past. Many businesses and organizations participated, showing their spirit of our country’s birth. From the very oldest (such as a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, ’64 Chevy Pickup, Chevy Nomad, Ford T-Bucket, and late-60s Firebird) to the very newest (such as a 2012 SS Camero, 2011 Jeep, 2012 Dodge Charger, 2011 Chrysler 300, Nissan 350Z, and 2011 Camero ) vehicles, we saw it all. We even got to witness a marriage proposal!  The red convertible donned a sign that read “Kasandra, Will You Marry Me?” As the hopeful prospective rode by, you could get the feeling that he was nervous, as were we for him! As the parade rounded the corner of Clarksville, you could hear the crowd cheering as Kasandra said “yes,” and finished the parade with her new fiancée. A lady then went back through the crowd letting the beginning of the parade viewers know that Kasandra had said yes.

Organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Lamar County Roll Call for Vietnam, the Red River Valley Memorial, Iglesia Nueva Vida, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, First United Methodist Church, the Trolley de Paris, Miss Teen Paris, Mt. Zion, Crime Stoppers, the Paris Police and Fire Department, and so many more showed their support. Businesses such as Lone Star Collision Center, First Federal, Dodge, K95.5, Paris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Choctaw Casino, Pattonville Storage, Sirloin Stockade, and CiCi’s, among others also joined the parade.

Military vehicles, flashy cars, tractors, kids, adults, and candy-throwers all joined in the fun this year, all the while with the Paris Band and the North Lamar Band joining in patriotic music throughout. Horses brought up the rear of the parade with the street sweepers following closely behind. With all the participation, I would say this was one of the best 4th of July parades Paris has had in a long time.

Here is a list of the businesses, city officials, and organizations that took part in the Parade:

  • Paris Police Department
  • Boy Scouts Troop
  • Grand Marshall of the Parade
  • Red River Valley Honkers Club
  • Patriot Guard Riders
  • Caravan for PFC Jesse Rogers KIA 2007
  • Susan Fearn-Blue St Armom • Gymnastic PowerHouse
  • Lone Star Collision Center • Cub Scouts Pack 12
  • #9 Paris Fire Department 1932 GMC • Miss Teen Paris Joni
  • Miss Teen Red River Valley Area Abby • Wee Miss Teen Paris Audree Fodge
  • James Hodge Motor Co.
  • Payne Radio Group- 96.5 102.3 95.5
  • County Judge Superville
  • Ministers United
  • FPS Paris Professional Champs on Trolley de Paris
  • North Lamar Blue Blazes Band and Panther Cheerleaders
  • Paris High School Blazettes
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Zeke the Wheel KOYN East Texas Broadcasting
  • Dick House WWII Veteran
  • Jazzercise
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
  • Iglesia Nueva Vida
  • Allison Ensey Crape Myrtle Queen Elect
  • Lamar County Tea Party
  • Lamar County Republicans
  • Paris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Red River Valley Memorial
  • Scott’s Collision Center
  • Mt. Zion UMC
  • Daughters, Sons, & Children of Revolution
  • Easterwood Constable Precinct 4
  • McKee’s, Century 21, Ross Development Co.
  • Choctaw Casino Resort
  • Paris Golf Cart
  • Red River Homecare
  • First Federal Community Bank
  • Paris Masonic Lodge No. 27
  • Pattonville Storage
  • Celebrate America 2011
  • Yoder & Sons Metal Works
  • Cross Creek Ministry
  • Lamar County Roll of Honor-Vietnam
  • VFW Post 3990 & Auxiliary
  • USMC • US Army “Ruckus”
  • Berlin Bound Cowgirl Keara
  • Saddam’s Nightmare L-50 Military Vehicle
  • Sirloin Stockade
  • Commissioner Kevin Jenkins
  • Mt. Pisqah
  • Champan Rental & Sales
  • Greater Paris Rotary Club and Paris Rotary Club
  • Lamar County CrimeStoppers
  • Red River Valley Antique Tractors Club
  • Powderly tanker fire truck
  • Newington fire truck #7
  • Faught Volunteer Fire Department
  • Reno Police
  • Paris EMS
  • Bread Man
  • Smooth Towing
  • Paris Fire Department L-1
  • Horse drawn carriages
  • God Bless America group on horses



1 Comment

  1. great parade

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