More than 7,000 spectators flocked to The Town of Duck to celebrate Independence Day at the Town’s 7th annual 4th of July Parade. The after-event, held at the Duck Town Park, included music by Ruth Wyand & Friends, refreshments, the awarding of parade trophies, and a very special “Event of a Lifetime” Flash Mob.
Over 1,000 people participated in the Town’s 4th of July Parade. People, dogs, subdivisions, and businesses all gathered together to march the parade route. Local Duck celebrities including the Grand Marshall, members of the Duck Town Council, and the Fire and Police Departments led the parade. Also proudly marching was Officer Magic, the Town’s bloodhound police tracking dog. Returning for another year were Outer Barks, the Corolla Wild Horses, and the Outer Banks Drum Line, as well as the Coast Guard boat! The parade featured an array of patriotic floats, themed costumes, vintage cars, dogs, bicyclists, and more. There was something exciting for the whole family!
The Parade Entry Award Winners for 2011 were:
• Mayor’s Award: Ship’s Watch Association, Inc.
• Spirit Award: First Flight Cruisers
• Best Local Business: Kellogg Supply/The Cottage Shop & Sound Feet Shoes
• Best Subdivision: Sea Ridge
A special entry this year was World War II Veteran, Wayne P. Craig from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On his 17th birthday, his mother co-signed his enlistment. Through Kamikaze attacks and a typhoon with 60 foot swells, this signalman earned 11 battle stars on the destroyer the USS Harrison.
Honorable Allan Beres, former Mayor Pro Tempore was the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade. Beres has been a full-time resident of Duck for 13 years and has played an active role in the Duck community. He was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Duck as a member of the Duck Incorporation Committee and was appointed to serve on the Interim Town Council upon Duck’s incorporation in May 2002.
Be sure to mark your calendars now for the 2012 parade, scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.! The one-mile parade route is the same anually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and continues down Ocean Way onto Christopher Drive.
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