By Katie Benfield
This past Saturday, July 1, the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department hosted the annual Blowing Rock 4th of July parade in downtown Blowing Rock. Every July, this parade stuns and amazes the masses who come out to watch, but this year, it was better than ever.
“It was absolutely fabulous,” Billie Rogers, the Events Director at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, said. “It felt like one of the most patriotic parades in a long time.”
According to Rogers, everyone was dressed in red, white and blue, even the little kids. However, red, white and blue wasn’t all that was present as the outfits for both the participants and the viewers.
The Calbert family of Blowing Rock was dressed up in superhero attire, with twins Addie and Tucker driving bat-mobiles throughout the parade.
“They had several Batmen, old and young,” Tracy Brown, Executive Director of the Blowing Rock TDA, said. “The Calbert family always participates and has a great time with it.”
Along with the Calbert family, there were 70 other entries in the parade, which delighted those involved.
“Everything that was entered into the parade went above and beyond,” Rogers said. “It was perfect.”
Although the forecast for the weekend was rain, the weather pulled through for the parade, and everyone came out to participate and support in the good weather. Along with the parade were other various things, including live music by the Watauga Community Band.
“They were fantastic, as usual,” Rogers said.
The amount of people that lined the streets to watch the parade equaled to approximately 4,000 people. The sheer number of people brought in amazing support for local hotels, restaurants and retail, as well as providing a wonderful, fun time for those involved.
“It was a good weekend for us to really kick the summer off,” Brown said. “We were just tickled to see everyone come out and have a great time.
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