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Fourth of July parade a go in Andalusia

Andalusia loves and parade and Covid-19 won’t stop the annual July 4th parade.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution, along with the city of Andalusia, will hold its annual Fourth of July parade.

The event will be Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

Brenda Gouge of the DAR said the route starts at First Baptist Church in Andalusia at 700 E 3 Notch Street and it will run down to City Hall, turn left on 6th Avenue and go to the Veterans Memorial.

“Everyone is welcome to be in the parade – they just need to come with a vehicle or golf cart or bicycle or lawnmower decorated in a patriotic theme, and be at the church parking lot around 9:40 or 9:45 a.m. to line up,” she said. “They can bring candy to throw or beads or whatever they want.   Animals and

children are welcome.   They will be done by 10:30.    The DAR will have lots and lots of patriotic beach balls to throw this year.  And the final vehicle in the parade will be an Andalusia fire truck – with a 6-foot tall beach ball that they will throw into the crowd.”

Gouge said that the parade will feature two grand marshals.

“One grand marshal is a set of twins – Bryce and Riley Dubose,” she said. “They are EMTs at Advanced EMS in Andalusia – and they are representing who our DAR is honoring the parade with this year.  Our parade will roll in honor of all the frontline/essential workers who have gotten us all through the Covid pandemic.   So Bryce and Riley will represent those workers – but we would like to extend an invitation to all frontline/essential workers this year – and ask them to please come and be in the parade.   It would be an honor for us to honor them.”

The other grand marshal  this year is Avery Bates, who just graduated from Straughn High School.  Our DAR has awarded her with our “Women in American History” medal for her work in our Covington County community.

If anyone has questions, they can call me at 222-0347 or email me at bgouge@centurylink.net.