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Viva la Lib-AIR-Todd is Coming to Todd July 4!

Teresa Cerda, painter of heads

July 2, 2012. Join in the community art, fun and freedom at the Liberty Parade! This year’s theme is on the element of Air. Collaborating with other artists, the High Country community has designed banners, made pinwheels, windsocks and all kinds of beautiful things that are enlivened by the air connecting us all.

Liberty Parade will be July 4 at 11 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. dress-up. Meet in the field at the corner of 194 N. & Railroad Grade Road in Todd.

The North and South Wind heads are complete. Final stitches are going on bodies. Blowing this way in just three days, this year’s parade features yummy food from Vitality, authentic pineapple empanadas, fresh lemonade, zany music from The Henhouse Thieves and you! See you soon!

Why the Liberty Parade?

Lexie Danner stapling tulle to cloud crowns, or Lexie's preferred name Air Heads!

What one parader says:

“We all have a special place in hearts for the community of Todd, and the majestic mountains and streams surrounding it. We also have an even deeper place in our hearts for The Declaration of Independence which we celebrate each 4th of July.

The finest celebrations of this memorable day that I have been party to have been in Todd. Each year the Elkland Art Center and the Todd community make approximately 200 costumes for a jubilant parade. The parade is great fun, but it is not just all about fun. It also provides a platform for annually recommitting ourselves to the fulfillment of the wonderful ideals and principles of our Founding Fathers.

Last year I thought quietly about the inspiration The Declaration of Independence has been for the pursuit of rights of powerless peoples throughout the world. 

The director and volunteers at the Art Center are both extraordinary people and extraordinary artists. They devote well over 1,000 hours each year to make the parade…in Todd a success. 

The Todd 4th of July Parade and Celebration…will be an experience that leaves you with a big smile and a renewed sense of pride for the great American journey that began on July 4th, 1776!”

-Tom Massengale, Chapel Hill and Todd

Luz Maria and Beth Sorrell of Ashe County stitching the South Wind Puppet body.

With 36 hours and $1295 to go, the Elkland Art Center still needs your help. Will you pledge your support today?

Learn more at www.elklandartcenter.org.








Faithful volunteers Lily Lane and Jackie Bowie inking Lily's cardboard plate for banners.