SPRINGTOWN — For the first time in recent years, the city of Springtown will host a parade to honor local veterans.
The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, which is Saturday, Nov. 11. Cars and floats will travel from Springtown Elementary to the Springtown Square, and the event will end with a ceremony. Community groups, youth organizations, businesses and of course, veterans are encouraged to participate in the parade either in a float or a vehicle.
“This parade is being set for the sole purpose of honoring those who have served this country,” City Administrator David Miller said at a recent city council meeting. Miller added that all veterans will be celebrated no matter which conflict or period they served in.
The parade will enter Avenue D, make its way to Fifth Street to turn west toward Main Street and then proceed south on Main Street to First Street. Judging of parade entries will take place when the procession turns on First Street by the square, and then the parade will travel back to the elementary school for offloading.
The parade is free to enter, but there are rules for participation. No political parade entries will be accepted. Vehicles may not stop during the parade, and candy or other items cannot be thrown into the crowds but may be distributed by adults walking in the parade.
Those who want to participate in the parade must fill out an application and give it to Rachele Ortega, who helps coordinate city events, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at city hall. Applications can be picked up at city hall or found at drive.google.com/file/d/1YMVbZMdBO_1SPGU1Bm8aNrQvkqkbELJ_/view online. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 9.