A local subdivision is inviting the public to take part in its holiday parade festivities.
The 19th annual Knollwood July Fourth Parade is scheduled for 9 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 8:45 a.m. for parking purposes and to go in the neighborhood entrance that is closest to FRESH by Brookshire’s.
Parade organizer Diane Knowles said participants may walk, ride a bicycle or pull a wagon, but, in the interest of child safety, cars won’t be allowed in the parade.
The parade begins at the intersection of Northwood and Deepwood drives. Ms. Knowles said the route then travels north on Northwood, takes a left on Willowwood Drive, follows Willowwood around to Pinewood Drive, takes a left, goes up an incline, turns left at Shadywood Drive, takes a right at Deepwood and ends where it started.
After the parade, lemonade and cookies will be available, and people can visit as long as they want, Ms. Knowles said. The Flint-Gresham Volunteer Fire Department, which leads the parade, also is expected to bring in emergency equipment.
The fire department “allow(s) kids to explore … and become familiar with emergency equipment,” Ms. Knowles said. “It’s a great family thing.”
Ms. Knowles expects about 50 to 100 parade participants, depending on the weather.
She said some members of the Flint-Gresham fire department have been coming to the parade for years and now have children who participate.
Those who aren’t participating are welcome to bring a lawn chair, watch the parade and cheer on the marchers, she said.
“I want people to leave with a sense of patriotism and pride in our country and to be more aware of the privileges that we have together and celebrate our nation’s freedom,” Ms. Knowles said. “I want them to remember that saying, ‘Freedom is not free.’”
She said the parade is a good thing for the neighborhood, and it’s good for people to know that patriotism is celebrated in East Texas, whether they come to the parade or not.