The Glen Rose-Somervell County Chamber of Commerce is calling on all local organizations, clubs and any interested individuals to make plans to participate in this year’s “Celebrate America Fourth of July Parade”.

The annual parade will be held on Friday, July 4 and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Parade entries will gather at Glen Rose High School’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to be judged and awarded trophies before leaving the site for the parade through town at 10:30 a.m. The parade is scheduled to arrive on the courthouse square at approximately 11 a.m. As a courtesy to other parade participants, organizers are asking entries to not disband until they reach the First United Methodist Church’s parking lot.

Entries must be in place and participants must be present to be eligible for judging. Those that do not want to be judged still need to be in place and ready to go no later than 10 a.m.

Categories for judging this year include: horse, float, band, motorcycle, vehicle, antique vehicle (car and tractor), junior (wagon, bicycle or trike) and “other”. Each entry, other than horses or antique cars, must be decorated.

Organizers of the parade urge participants to bring bottled water and strictly prohibit alcoholic beverages from being consumed before or during the parade.

A licensed driver must drive all vehicles and are responsible for the safety and behavior of their participants. Small vehicles, including mini bikes, small tractors, etc., must be operated by a person 12 years of age or older, and parents will be responsible for their conduct.

All vehicles participating in the parade must be clean and in safe operating condition. They must also be operated in a safe manner so as not to endanger other participants or spectators. All safety equipment is the responsibility of the entrant.

For youth groups participating in the parade, an adult supervisor is required to be responsible for the youths behavior. Adult groups must name a contact person and the names of supervisor(s) must be submitted at the time of registration.

Horse units are welcome to participate in the parade. All horses must have current Coggins records and parade representative may check records during the line-up.

For safety reasons, throwing candy and water guns are strictly prohibited this year. However, entrants may walk and hand out candy to spectators.

Glen Rose and Somervell County are very proud of its reputation for quality and family oriented entertainment, therefore, the parade committee retains the right to refuse entry of any float, unit or individual not conforming to the high standards of the Celebrate America Parade.

Get your entry now and join in the fun! Organizers are expecting a large parade this year.

Entry and waiver forms, along with a complete list of rules are available at the Chamber of Commerce offices, 1505 Big Bend Trail, or upon request mailed to interested individuals.

For more information contact Rosie Mimms at 898-8167 or the Chamber at 897-2286.