An Intern’s Insight: West University 4th of July Parade

July 9, 2014

Editor’s note: “An Intern’s Insight” is a recurring blog by our summer interns. This unedited content is strictly the opinion of the writers, and not necessarily of The Buzz. In this blog post, Lamar High School student Mark Cox writes about the West U. July 4th Parade and Festival. See more photos on our Facebook page.

This past Fourth of July weekend, I had the great pleasure of joining West University in celebrating Independence Day. Families and friends lined up to participate in the annual bike parade as others looked on from the sidewalk. The Rotary Club of West University even came out to celebrate with their “World Famous Kazoo Marching Band”. It was great seeing the whole community come together to recognize our country’s independence. At the conclusion of the parade, there was a pool party at Colonial Park. Food was provided by Prince’s Hamburgers with proceeds benefitting the West University Rotary Club.

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The Kazoo Band did a great job, proudly playing the National Anthem and Yankee Doodle for the community. Some younger citizens of West University used the parade as an opportunity to learn how to ride their bikes for the first time. Onlookers cheered them on as they passed by demonstrating their new biking skills. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of red, white, and blue that I saw biking along in the parade. I enjoyed attempting to find the “most patriotic” cyclist in the parade. With each passing minute, it seemed the outfits worn by the cyclists became more over-the-top and impressive! Some fathers even chose to show their patriotism by participating in the annual “Dad’s Belly Flop” contest. This year’s winner was Craig Friou, who performed a flop that everyone enjoyed. It was clear to me that the families in this parade and its events enjoy showing their pride for their country.

The amount of passion the families of West University have for each other and their country is truly heart-warming. They demonstrated how a neighborhood can come together and have a great time. I look forward to attending next year’s parade and patriotic festivities.