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Clarksville hosts sixth annual Independence Day Parade at 11 am

South Boston News / July 02, 2014
CLARKSVILLE — “Old Glory” will fly proudly over Virginia Avenue as Clarksville hosts its sixth annual Independence Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4. Sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, the parade is a traditional small-town celebration of the nation’s birthday — featuring antique trucks and tractors, youngsters riding bikes and trikes festooned in red, white and blue, and floats by area businesses, churches and civic groups.

A highlight is the giant American flag that will wave proudly over the parade route — a massive 30 by 50 foot flag, made by Annin Flagmakers of South Boston, and sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, which bring in two bucket truck booms to keep Old Glory aloft.

The fun begins at 9:30 am in the Bank Of America parking lot, where area youngsters will find streamers, balloons and other decorations provided to adorn their bikes and trikes in patriotic hues. In front of the Dollar General store, along the street, specially equipped and decorated pontoon boat floats will be available to accommodate all veterans wishing to participate. Parade organizers strongly encourage all veterans to participate and will have ample assistance available to help enter and exit the floats. Small American flags will be distributed to spectators who are encouraged to show their support for our veterans by waiving them proudly and enthusiastically.

At 11 a.m. the parade kicks off and proceeds down Virginia Avenue to the Wells Fargo parking lot, where hot dogs and drinks will be served at the Fourth of July Parade Community Picnic. As the parade’s guests of honor, all participating veterans will be served lunch in the air-conditioned Ruritan Thrift Shop, where the Clarksville Country Band will entertain. Spectators will have the opportunity to show their appreciation to these heroes during the parade, and the lunch. Facepainting and inflatable rides will be available for the kids adjacent to the bank’s parking lot.

Virginia Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the bridge to Ninth Street and traffic will be rerouted during that time. The public is respectfully asked not to park on Virginia Avenue between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade and its spectators.

Parade staffers in bright gold shirts will be available to answer any questions and to direct participants to the proper staging area. Questions regarding staging may be directed to John Lee at 434-372-6111 prior to the parade or 434-210-2589 on the Fourth of July.

Area businesses, churches and other organizations are encouraged to join this celebration by sponsoring floats or other vehicles decorated with a patriotic theme. Applications for entrants and additional information about the parade are available at the Ruritan Thrift Shop, the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and on its website, Anyone seeking more information or wishing to enter horses should contact John Lee at 434-374-4136 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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