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By Whitney Wyatt
The Red River Sun
CHILDRESS – The Childress County Old Settlers Parade will march through the streets of Childress for the 133rd time this weekend.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, Old Settlers Parade Co-Chair Susan Leary encourages people to come. “It’s fun, and it’s tradition,” she said. “It’s one of the longest running parades in Texas.”
Just like last year, the parade will start at the Fair Park entrance, go up Commerce Street, around the corner at Ave. B, down Main Street and back to the park. This year’s theme is Riding for the Brand, Leary said. Some examples are personal cattle brands and business logos.
There are nine categories for the parade: classic vehicle, civic club/church, senior citizens, tractor/machinery, ATV/motorcycle/golf cart/bicycle, business, youth organization, riding club and wagon/surrey. First place winners in each category will receive $25, Leary added.
While people can still enter the parade, they will not be eligible for prizes. Leary said people can contact Old Settlers Parade Co-Chair Rodney Murray or find someone in charge the day of to enter.
To be prepared for the parade, attendees need to know all of the side sides – Ave. E through Ave. B – on Main Street and Commerce Street will be closed the morning of the parade.
“Please do not remove the barriers,” Leary said. “This is for the safety of children.”
For those wondering where to view the parade, Leary said attendees can sit in front of any businesses in downtown Childress. “They don’t mind you coming and sitting and enjoying the parade,” she added.
Leary even shared the best place to watch the parade: the east side of the streets. “That’s where there the shade will be,” she said.