Entries representing public safety, civic and nonprofit organizations, businesses, bands, clubs, vintage cars and specialty units will be part of Edmond’s all volunteer LibertyFest parade.
“A Frontier Country 4th of July” parade will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond. More than 50,000 spectators decked out in their patriotic best will line the 1.5-mile route.
Special guests will include 2014 LibertyFest President Terry Officer, Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and his wife Cheri, City Council members, other elected officials and beauty pageant winners.
The LibertyFest Parade is a “Moving Show” dedicated to the celebration of the birthday of this great country and the heritage of this fine state, the parade mission statement says. Parade entries shall be fun, entertaining, patriotic, family oriented and crowd pleasing.
Wednesday afternoon, members of the Edmond First Church of the Nazarene, 3001 S. Boulevard, were continuing work on their float, which will feature a Conestoga wagon theme, said Dorothy Whipp, the church’s children’s ministries pastor.
It’s the fourth year for the church to enter a float in the parade, efforts that have netted several trophies, Whipp said. About 50 family groups will either ride on the float or walk carrying signs.
“Our families love it,” Whipp said.
In multi-purpose space at the church, folks were making signs to go on the side of the wagon. Nearby were a couple of full-sized wagon wheels. Outside, Dorothy’s husband Dave Whipp was building framework for the wagon. He said work will continue tonight and on Thursday.
At 6 a.m. Friday, pre-staging areas will be open on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, where some folks will be preparing, decorating and finalizing their entries. Helmets are required by all riders/passengers under age 18 of any bicycle, scooter, go-cart, motorcycle, ATV or other similar vehicle or device.
The parade route goes from UCO down Ayers Street, south on Broadway, where entries are judged as they pass “in review” by the reviewing stand and then heads east on Second Street back to UCO. The Historic School House located at 124 E. Second St. will be open during the parade.
After the parade, an awards ceremony will be held at about 11:45 a.m. on the west side of the UCO library.
Fireworks at UCO will begin at 10 p.m.
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