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Parade, patriotism for the Fourth / July 03, 2013

The public is invited to join the Town of Clarksville in celebrating America’s independence as the town hosts its fifth annual Fourth of July Parade this Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, the parade will feature a lineup of decorated bicycles, floats, antique cars, trucks and tractors, decorated golf carts, fire trucks, bands, Color Guards, and Shriners Motor Corps miniature cars. Parade goers will have the opportunity to honor the area’s veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces. Provisions have been made for disabled veterans who wish to participate.

Children and youth are also encouraged to participate, and free patriotic decorations and decorating assistance will be available for bikes and trikes.

The Fourth of July celebration offers a fitting occasion to celebrate America’s veterans and servicemen and women. All veterans and current members of the Armed Services are strongly encouraged to participate in the event and give parade spectators the opportunity to express their appreciation for the sacrifices made on the nation’s behalf. Convertible cars and specially equipped and decorated pontoon boats will be available to carry veterans in the parade and assistance for those with special needs will be available as well. At the end of the parade, these special guests and their families will be ushered into the cool Ruritans Thrift Shop and served lunch by local Ruritans. There will be additional seating in the building any other parade goers may utilize.

The popular Clarksville Country Band will entertain participants and attendees during, and after, lunch. Shoppers will find the Thrift Shop open for business and inflatable rides and attractions will be set up for kids of all ages to enjoy on the grassy strip beside the Thrift Shop. Free snow cones and popcorn will also be available.

The section of Clarksville’s Virginia Avenue between Ninth Street and Second Street will be closed to through traffic from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the day of the parade. Traffic during that period will be re-routed. The public is respectfully asked to refrain from parking along Virginia Avenue on Thursday between 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to accommodate parade onlookers.

Parade staffers in bright gold shirts will be available the day of the event to answer any questions entrants may have. Any questions regarding the staging information or parade order can also be directed to John Lee at (434) 372-6111 prior to the event or (434) 210-2589 on the day of the event.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., proceed down Virginia Avenue, and end in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo bank, where all entrants and spectators will be treated to free hotdogs and soft drinks.

Applications, directions, and rules for entry may be secured at the Ruritan Thrift Shop, Clarksville Town Hall, and the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce website, and applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Parade entries are required to have a patriotic theme, and drivers of motorized entries must be licensed. Area businesses and other organizations are being encouraged to participate, along with antique car, truck and tractor enthusiasts and golf cart owners.

Further information and news about the parade is available at, a site provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Questions concerning the parade should be addressed to Lee at (434) 374-0794 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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