Belton Fourth of July parade attracts 30k

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:19:54-04

The Belton Parade has been a Central Texas tradition since 1919. This year, the parade attracted about 30,000 people from all over. 

People decked out in red white and blue, stars and stripes from all over, including Chicago, made their way to downtown Belton for the Fourth of July parade.

"We heard it was one of the top ten parades, so we had to come and bring the family," said Shelby Holbach from Chicago. 

For some, this was their first time to see the parade that starts at UMHB's campus and stretches all the way to the Belton Police Department.

"We are so excited to actually be at a real parade. This is one of those must-see parades like if you do any parade in your lifetime, you have to come to this one," Audra Bennion, who attended the Belton parade for the first time this year, said. 

For others, they just keep coming back.

"Every year... every year for a long time. Everyone has a good time, you know that," said Doc Jones and Joe McNamara, who come to the Belton parade yearly.

A good time spent waving flags and cheering for the first responders, horses, military and community organizations with family and friends.

"This is such a great event for our family. It's a great time for all of us to be able to come just right down the street and experience a parade that's really first class," said Tyler Johnson, from Temple. 

A first class event that keeps growing.. this year the parade had 247 floats that were popular for even the youngest of parade goers. 

"I like this parade because you get to see all different kinds of things coming through of America," seven-year-old Rowan said. 

Happy Fourth of July! 

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