Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain, the annual Yadkinville Fourth of July parade went on as scheduled Saturday afternoon and the streets were lined with children and adults anxious for the celebration.
Veterans with the local honor guard led the parade on to Main Street bearing the flag as onlookers applauded.
The grand marshal for the parade was Jacob Shore, a young child who suffers from a rare blood disease known as Diamond Blackfan Anemia. A few years ago the town began the tradition of having local children who are facing health challenges to serve as the parade’s grand marshal in order to honor them and bring awareness to help the family.
“It’s just wonderful, it’s exciting,” said Shore’s godmother, Marlene Turner, of having the youngster as the parade’s grand marshal.
Sharon Sloop, Shore’s “mimi,” said she was honored for her grandson to be recognized in this way.
“It’s wonderful for the community to all come together and realize what’s ahead of this child the rest of his life and we’re all here behind him,” she said.
Following the vehicle bearing the parade grand marshal, came a float bearing area veterans and decorated with American flags. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles from around the county paraded down Main Street with lights blinking and sirens blaring. Children rushed to the sides of the streets to catch candy thrown by parade participants.
Classic cars, antique tractors, floats from various area churches and organizations and horses completed the procession.
“It’s just small town fun, a tradition every year,” said Kelly Warden, a resident of East Bend who attended the parade with her family.
The festivities continued with food and live music from the Stan Bobbitt Band on the grounds of Yadkinville Elementary School. The day, of course, wrapped up with a fireworks display.
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