Glenwood Drive parades its patriotism
July 3, 2012
The annual Glenwood Drive Independence Day parade is celebrating its seventh year, and the residents couldn’t be prouder.
“It’s a way for us to get out and show our pride in our country and community,” founder Tracy Clark said. “For us, it’s wanting our kids to have a smalltown parade experience and remind them what the day is about.”
In 2005, Clark put up fliers on the street inviting the neighbors to participate in a parade up and down their one-mile stretch of road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
That first year residents showed up with decorated wagons, golf carts, bicycles and horses.
“We live on this great street for a parade and it worked out perfect,” Clark said. “We were really just doing it for ourselves.”
Since then, the number of participants and onlookers has grown to include nonresidents as well.
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“Anyone who wants to participate can,” Clark said. “We’ve had people bring llamas and ATVs. We’ve had some really interesting participants.”
Clark and her husband Pat decorate their truck and blast patriotic music from it, while their children Cooper and Sydney join other children on their bicycles.
“It’s a day we celebrate our freedoms we have in this country,” Clark said. “It’s not just about fireworks and barbecues, it’s about our country and our freedom.”
The Sizelove family, Hazel, Mike and daughter Hannah, have participated in the parade every year. They have lived on Glenwood Drive since 1994.
“We thought it was a fun thing to do. It helps everybody get to know each other,” Hazel said. “It’s gotten bigger and bigger each year. It’s a great thing for the kids as well.”
Each year Hazel said the children try and outdo themselves from the previous year. They have blinged out their bikes, painted their faces and worn funny hats. They are still working on their plans for this year.
“It’s fun for the kids to have people waving and clapping for them in the parade,” Hazel said. “It’s very family-oriented, and I enjoy it because it promotes family values.”
The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. with staging at 11 a.m. at the north end of the street.
For more information, email Clark at email@example.com.