Bryan neighborhood celebrates 50th annual 4th of July parade

POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 4:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:08pm

It's an Independence Day celebration that Louise Sharp and her late-husband, Sam, started back in 1963.

"We had had a neighborhood parade in Dallas where we were," said Louise. "The kids enjoyed it, it got the neighbors out and it was patriotic and we liked it so we decided to start one here."

As the years went on, the parade grew and it became an event people looked forward to every year including District 14 Representative John Raney.

"We've been living in this neighborhood since 1986 and it's kind of tradition," Raney said.

Neighbors and families of all ages marched around Crescent Park dressed in their red, white and blue carrying flags in honor of the 4th.

"We just need to remember what our ancestors did, how much people wanted this back then and what they wanted us to be like and how we should remember them," said Grant Socol, a Boy Scout. 

Thursday's 4th of July parade isn't just about celebrating our Independence Day but Louise says it about bringing a community together.

"We're so mobile in today's society that there aren't so many neighborhoods. Think about it. You may know the person living next door but I bet you don't know the person living on the corner," Louise said. "So let's have a cookie and talk."

And talking is exactly what these neighbors did as they celebrate 50 years of coming together every 4th of July.

"I hope it continues to go on longer so we can celebrate that much time," Socol said.

So here's to another 50 years North Oakwood!


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