‘Old Glory’ to fly at Clarksville parade

“Old Glory” will fly proudly over Virginia Avenue in Clarksville during the Ninth Annual Independence Day Parade which steps off at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The parade is sponsored by The Clarksville Ruritans.
“Everyone loves a parade,” commented Allen Griffin, chairman of the Ruritans’ Parade Committee. “We want to host a small-town celebration which creates a tradition for our young people and honors our veterans for their service. And it’s nice for our community to have some fun on our nation’s birthday!”
Clarksville is a small town, but there is nothing small about the American flag that will frame the parade as it proceeds down the Clarksville’s main street. A massive 30-by-50-foot flag made by Annin Flagmakers of South Boston and sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative will be suspended from two bucket trucks.
Organizers are hoping that antique tractors and trucks from the Halifax Heritage Festival will again be on display, as well as vehicles from The Model A Club and The Shriners Motor Corps. Antique cars are also welcome. They will join many youngsters riding their decorated bikes and trikes, as well as area businesses and organizations that have entered floats in the parade. All participants’ vehicles should reflect a patriotic theme.
The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. in the former Bank of America, now CCB, parking lot, where area youngsters will find streamers, balloons and other decorations to adorn their bikes and trikes in red, white and blue! In front of the Dollar General store across the street, specially equipped and decorated floats, will be available to accommodate all veterans wishing to participate.
To pay special tribute for their service, veterans of World War II will lead the parade down Virginia Avenue, stepping off at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Wells Fargo parking lot, where free hot dogs and drinks will be served. As the parade’s guests of honor, all participating veterans will be served lunch in the air-conditioned Ruritan Thrift Shop, where music will enhance the festivities. Spectators will have the opportunity to show their appreciation to these patriots during the parade and the lunch.
Virginia Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the bridge to Ninth Street. Traffic will be rerouted during that time. The public is asked not to park on Virginia Avenue between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade and its spectators.
Parade participants are encouraged to access the staging areas by entering Clarksville near Hardee’s via Route 15 south or Route 58 west of town due to the closure of Virginia Avenue at the bridge. Participants should assemble no later than 10:30 a.m. at the following locations:
Bicycles and Golf Carts – Former Bank of America (now CCB) parking lot on Virginia Avenue.
Antique Cars – Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home driveway and parking lot (please enter lot via 8th Street).
Motorcycles and Shriners Motor Corps – South side of 8th Street by Coopers Landing Restaurant.
Assorted Floats and other participants – North side of 8th Street across from Coopers Landing Restaurant.
Veterans and Servicemen and Servicewomen – Dollar General parking lot.
Horses – Park trailers in Masonic Lodge parking lot on Buffalo Road, proceed down Buffalo Road and assemble behind floats on north side of 8th Street.
Antique Trucks and Tractors – Line up on Virginia Avenue from 8th Street back toward Highway 15 intersection and traffic light (trailers should be parked in the Masonic Lodge parking lot on Buffalo Road).
Fire Department and Rescue Squad participants – North side of 9th Street.
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 Glenn Burney at (434) 374-0346 prior to the parade or (434) 738-8827 on July 4.
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, www.clarksvilleva.com. Anyone seeking more information or wishing to enter horses should contact Allen Griffin at (434) 738-8250 or alroseg@gmail.com.