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Call for Parade Entries for Star-Spangled Weekend

June 29, 2011

Plans are being finalized for Bristol's annual Independence weekend celebration in downtown Bristol, which will include a concert and food at Cumberland Square Park, a motorcycle Poker Run, the AACA Antique Car Show and other new events. The Bristol Host Lion’s Club will host the first annual Rubber Duck Race, which will be held following the parade in Beaver Creek. The annual parade will begin on Morrison Blvd at 10:00am and follow the traditional route down State Street to end at Lee Street at the park. Line-up will begin at 8:00am on Morrison Blvd.

Richard Ball, parade coordinator, is announcing that entries are now being accepted for Bristol's Independence parade. Every attempt will be made to make space for any interested organization. Businesses, churches, school bands, non-profit, civic and historical organizations in the Tri-Cities are encouraged to show their patriotism and civic pride by placing their floats in this city-wide event. Because of strong support of the business community the entry fee has been waved for those desiring to participate. Professional floats will be available on a first come-first served basis.

Contact Richard Ball for details and parade rules at 276-466-4009.

A schedule of events for Bristol's Independence weekend will also include Music & Movies in the Park on Thursday June 30 and sponsored by BVU. Border Bash and the Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-in is scheduled on July 1 and a full day of events on July 2. The day will end with Bristol White Sox baseball followed by fireworks sponsored by Pepsi. Among Star-Spangled Weekend sponsors are Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Electro-Mechanical Corporation, Food City, Bristol Herald Courier and Shearer’s. Visit the Celebrate Bristol website www.celebratebristol.org and their facebook page, Celebrate Bristol VA-TN, for details on the entire weekend.