More than 8,000 spectators flocked to the Town of Duck to celebrate Independence Day at the Town’s 8th annual 4th of July Parade. The after-event, held at the Duck Town Park, included music by Ruth Wyand, refreshments, and the awarding of Parade trophies.
The Town’s 4th of July Parade has become a Duck and Outer Banks tradition and was recently named one of the “Top 10 Small-Town 4th of July Celebrations in the United States” by ABC.com. More than 1,000 participants, including people, dogs, subdivisions, and businesses all gathered together to march the Parade route. Local Duck celebrities including the members of the Duck Town Council, the Police Department, and Ocean Rescue led the Parade. Returning for another year were Outer Barks, the Duck Research Pier, and the Outer Banks Drum Line! With an array of patriotic floats, themed costumes, vintage cars, dogs, bicyclists, and more, the Parade had something for everyone to enjoy.
The honor of Grand Marshall for this year’s Parade was given to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD), which is currently, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Its commitment and influence in the Town’s development, as well as services to the community, encouraged the Town to honor DVFD with the title.
The Parade Entry Award Winners for 2012 were:
- Mayor’s Award: Duck Volunteer Fire Department
- Spirit Award: Duck Research Pier
- Best Local Business: Sun Realty
- Best Subdivision: Four Seasons
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Town’s 9th annual Parade, scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.! The one-mile Parade route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and continues down Ocean Way onto Christopher Drive.