Royal Oaks Parade celebrates 4th of July

Spectators young and old gathered at Royal Oaks Golf Community this Independence Day for Royal Oaks’ 14th-annual Fourth of July Parade.

Maryville Police and Fire Chief Tony Crisp served as the parade’s Grand Marshall, leading his officers and other participants through the streets of the Royal Oaks Community as residents and onlookers lined the streets, cheering them on. Golf carts decked out with American flags, beads and all manner of patriotic decoration served as the parade’s “floats.”

Among the parade participants were elected officials, Royal Oaks residents, and Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 856. The parade finished in front of the Royal Oaks Events Facility, where the police department’s canine officers gave a demonstration and Sparkie the Fire Dog dropped by to entertain the kids.

After arriving at the Events Facility, spectators and participants alike enjoyed refreshments and watched an awards ceremony, which included prizes for Most Creative, Most Patriotic and Best in Show.

Planning for next year’s parade has already begun. Anyone interesting in helping with sponsorship, entertainment, floats or anything else should contact Parade Chairman Dick Cutler through his office at Realty III at 865-984-1111.

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