Patriot 4th of July parade is again a hit

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Under hot, sunny skies, residents of the only incorporated town in the U.S. with the name ‘Patriot’ along with many others came together on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the 4th of July in grand patriotic fashion.

  The parade kicked off at 11 a.m., with Joe Brady serving as this year’s Grand Marshal. Joe, a longtime horseman, chose to ride on horse back in the parade instead of the traditional convertible.

  The parade had a large number of entries, featuring local churches and 4-H clubs as well as candidates running for office in the upcoming November election. Lots of kids rode their bikes or walked along in patriotic dress; while other guided four-wheelers along the route.

  “The 2019 Patriot 4th of July Parade was a hit!,” Nicole Renyer of the Patriot/Posey Park Board said. “Our park board would like to thank each and every person who helped and volunteered their time to make it possible! Without all of you, we couldn’t do it!”

  This year’s parade featured a parade float contest; and the winners in each category were: Most Patriotic: The Switzerland County Republican Party; Classic Wheels: The Hoosier Theatre; Best In Show: Patriot Main Street Group; and Most Original: Riverside Railroad.

  The Annual bicycle decorating contest also announced its winners at the community picnic in Harris Park. The first place winners of new bicycles were Dalen and Maizlee Smith; while the second place winners were Olivia and Bethany Fischer.

  Following the parade, the annual patriotic service and changing of the flags was held in the Memorial Park, and then it was on to Harris Park for the annual picnic, which this year featured a performance by the Madison Area Community Band.