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Parade to honor Old Glory

“Old Glory — a tribute to the American Flag” will be the theme of the July Fourth parade in Peabody Monday afternoon as the daylong celebration winds down to the 90th annual fireworks extravaganza at the city park.

“We hope people will decorate their floats, bikes, and cars with lots of red, white, and blue,” parade organizer Shane Marler said. “And, of course, flying Old Glory on their entry would fit right in with the theme.”

Marler noted that proper flag etiquette requires that the flag actually be flown on a parade entry, not draped.

The parade committee has gathered $600 for prizes, which will be given in the form of Peabody Bucks to the top three entries.

“We will give $300 for first prize, $200 for second, and $100 for third,” Marler said. “While it would be nice to have everyone in the parade follow the theme, we realize that probably won’t happen. So the prizes will go to the three entries that are the best overall in the eyes of the judges.”

The parade will start at 5 p.m. sharp from the high school. Floats, bikes, horses, cars, and other entries can begin lining up at 4 p.m.

There is no advance registration required.

The parade route will be from the high school south on Walnut to Second Street, then west to the park.

“The fire department will have their trucks in the parade and, as usual, they will squirt water from the fire hoses as they travel the parade route,” Marler said. “There will be a dry area from the city building on Walnut to the Peabody Post Office on Second Street.

“Also, if people have family or guests who would prefer not to get wet, they just need to let us know and we will request a dry area for them,” he added.

For more information, contact Marler at (620) 983-2113 or pmsa@peabodyks.com.

The city’s website, http://www.peabodyks.com will provide updates if necessary.

Last modified June 29, 2011

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