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Town’s 23rd Annual Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 3

Farragut’s Independence Day Parade will feature dancers, twirlers, Andy Griffith Show impersonators, Corvettes, Mustangs, boats, clowns, martial artists and more.

The Town will host its 23rd Annual Independence Day Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3.

Thousands of Farragut residents and their families will line Kingston Pike beginning at Lendon Welch Way at Kingston Pike near Farragut High School and continue west to Boring Road.

Kingston Pike will be closed from Concord Road to Boring Road beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday.

“This is our most popular event and is attended by thousands. It’s very well known. People love it. They have a great time,” said Sue Stuhl, Town Parks and Leisure Services director.

“They love all the giveaways like candy, water and coupons given from those participating in the parade. People come dressed up with their great little ‘Uncle Sam’ hats and their red, white and blue outfits and bows. People make this a party. Families set up really early and many know exactly where their spot is every year. It’s a tradition here. It’s a really fun event,” Stuhl added.

Current and former Board of Mayor and Aldermen members have been invited as grand marshals in honor of the Town’s 30-year anniversary. Out of a possible 21 grand marshals who could participate, 16 have said, “I’ll be there.”

Marshals will have scouts with them as they hand out a ‘litter bag’ and a pencil for parade watchers as giveaways.

M&M and Travis marinas have loaned boats upon which marshals will ride.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office will lead the parade followed by marshals and their families.

Area businesses, museums, churches, clubs and sports teams have signed up to march in the parade.

Stuhl said, “A crowd favorite, Andy Griffith Show Re-Run Watchers Club, is back.”

She said the group has been part of the parade for years and years. They dress as Mayberry characters and they drive the sheriff’s car. One man portrays Deputy Barney Fife and “does a lot of funny stuff with his whistle. It’s very cool.”

Stuhl added, “Farragut Folklife Museum will have a band. Bath Junkie –– last year they had a float with bubbles coming out and they literally had someone look like they were taking a bath with a bunch of balloons. I’m excited to see what they’ll do this year.”

Also highlighting the parade are Smart Toys and Books, which normally brings a character or two; Angela Floyd Dancers, who dance down the Pike; Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, which plans to bring donkeys and a miniature horse; Master Eun’s Martial Arts Center, which performs drills and The Swing Dance Association, which also dances.

Ninety-one groups have signed up to walk, twirl, dance and ride down Kingston Pike.

Also participating this year are Dance Center West, Smoky Mountain Military Vehicle Club, Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Boy and Girl Scouts, Village Green Swim Team, American Legion, U.S. Coast Guard, The Little Gym of Farragut, Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium, FHS Marching Admirals Band, FHS JROTC, Rural Metro, Concord Christian School and Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Viewing is permitted all along Kingston Pike.

After the Parade, spectators are invited to Farragut Town Hall for an open house and to view an exhibit highlighting the Town’s 30 years from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on display in the Farragut Folklife Museum for several months beginning June 28.


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