Annual Fourth Of July Parade To Celebrate Brandon High School’s 100th Anniversary

Parade Map 2014 (1)By Nicole Heubusch

The theme for the 2014 Annual Fourth of July Parade will be Brandon High School’s 100th Anniversary. The Brandon Fourth of July Parade has been presented by the Brandon Community Roundtable for over 60 years, and is known as Florida’s largest Independence Day Parade.

The parade is typically two miles long and usually has about 100 different groups marching in it. Different entries in the parade include the military, area businesses, Boy and Girl Scouts, marching bands, dance teams and more.

During the parade, people and businesses in Brandon are honored. Among those honored is the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service award recipient, the Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship winner and the Non-Profit of the Year. Also honored by riding in the parade is the new Honorary Mayor of the Year in Brandon for 2014, determined right before the parade, and the 2014 Father of the Year John Rog and his daughter who nominated him, Hannah, will also be in the parade.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and start at Lumsden and Parsons by Lee Elam’s Office, and will end at Buckingham Place. Get to the parade early to grab good seats with friends and family, and remember to bring water. Put chairs up close to be in the prime spot to catch beads and candy. This year’s parade will have local politicians marching, and they will be bringing different entertainment acts for parade goers to enjoy.

The Community Roundtable is still looking for volunteers to help set up the parade, and there will be an informational meeting at a later date. For more info, call Janine Nickerson at 661-4350 or send an e-mail to roundtable208@aol.com.

For more information The Community Roundtable, visit www.thecommunityroundtable.org, e-mail Info@TheCommunity Roundtable.org or call 661-4350.