Parade? No Parade? A Neighborhood Parade!
Wimberley without a Fourth of July Parade is like a stone in your boot, it just doesn’t feel right. Although it’s such a small town there’s always a big parade with the town just bursting at the seams with visitors wanting to see our Boy Scouts, old fashioned cars, marching kids and floats of all kind, with plenty of red, white and blue and waving flags throughout the route.
But not this year, not 2020 the year of the pandemic… that parade was canceled a few weeks back.
But there will be a parade, called a neighborhood parade, just for us Wimber-leyites. No long hour-long parade down FM 2325 to Ranch Road 12, then across the big bridge ending at Stillwater. Nope.
This will be completely different.
First, this year the parade will start at Stillwater by City Hall and the parade will have no floats, no walkers, nothing like that. According to the rules:
“The Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting our 1st ever Neighborhood Family Friendly Drive-Through Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 4th beginning at 10:30am. The Parade is a vehicle only parade, providing our community an up close and personal view of Wimberley’s patriotic love of our community and country. There is a maximum of 50 vehicles allowed.”
Prizes for entrants include best decorated, funniest, etc. There are numerous forms to fill out such as for liability and rules to be followed.
The route skirts both Wimberley and Woodcreek and instead of ending at Stillwater, it will begin there. Crossing the river at the 7A bridge and then around Wimberley proper, down FM 2325 to Woodcreek North and ending at Winter’s Mill.
According to the WVCC, “(w)e have worked with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, and Wimberley EMS to map the route for the Neighborhood Drive Through Parade. The route will not be able to cover all neighborhoods, however, we will be providing Facebook Live footage updates along with the support of the Wimberley Valley Radio as the parade progresses throughout our neighborhoods.”
For more information such as applications, rules, and liability forms please call Michaelanne Hurst at 512-847-2201 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a map of the parade route, see the online version of this story at www.wimberleyview.com.