Patriotic Parade

Patriotic Parade

On Friday over 100 people filled the downtown streets of Wichita Falls to celebrate the 4th of July. The Wichita County Heritage Society held a patriotic parade for all to enter at no cost. There were cars and trailers decorated with red, white and blue.

One of the most decorated cars was one of the shrine cars driven by Clint Lee. His car was colored front to back with the American flag stripes.

"This is a shrine car for wheelies. This is the first time we've ever done anything in the parade. Anything that you can do down here to help revive the downtown area," said Lee.

Gary Rich drove his 1958 ladder truck. Rich is not a fireman, but he is heavily involved in the Wichita Falls Fire and Police Museum.

"My dad was a fireman here in Wichita Falls and he actually used to drive this truck. It's just a real neat thing for the city and for people to get out and participate in and show their patriotism," said Rich.

Melody Power was getting some of her cheerleaders ready to help celebrate the holiday and throw candy during the parade.

"We do appreciate it and we appreciate it more than most because most of our dads are military dads or veterans," said Power.

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham could be seen by family members and friends taking part in the parade and handing out candy to some of the children watching.

"I Actually rode in the parade in the lead vehicle," said Barham. "I had my grandson ride with me so we had a great time. Doing this parade downtown, especially in conjunction with the Kell house here, it's just a no brainer it brings a lot of people out that don't normally make it to downtown."

The parade ended at the Kell House Museum. Local organizations set up booths and games for all ages. The proceeds were split and the Kell House and Wichita County Heritage Society use the funds to help sponsor events throughout the year.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6