4th of July Parade Went 'Pretty Well' Chairman Says

The Kiwanis Parade Chairman for 2012 said he was pleased with this year's 4th of July parade in Danville.

For nearly 50 years, the local Kiwanis club has been running the 4th of July Parade through Danville.

Last Wednesday, on July 4, .

"The parade went pretty well I think," Kiwanis 2012 Parade Chairman Wayne Wickham said. "There was a good variety of entertainment."

This year there were 131 groups involved. These groups ranged from sponsors like Safeway to community organizations like the Rotary club and the Cub Scouts.

Some groups were paid sponsors while other community groups were allowed to walk for free, Wickham said.

All the funds raised from Kiwanis events are passed out to several dozens of charities that submitted various grant proposals to the Kiwanis for funding. The Kiwanis was able to donate $35,000 to $40,000 last year, with the biggest event being the 4th of July Parade.

Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said that roughly 45,000 attended the parade, which was more than last year. He added that this is just a rough estimate, not exact numbers.

Wickham said that the parade hasn't changed too much over the last few years except for some mechanical tweaks to try and quicken the pace.

He also said he wanted to get more entertainment into the parade and felt that he accomplished that.

Next year, the parade will have a new chairman, as it rotates yearly.

Part of the parade included a political contingent, which Danville Patch readers have been discussing .

What do you think... were there more spectators this year? Less? Or the same?

Tom July 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My idea is simple. No politicians and no real estate agents. Of course our mayor can be part of the parade.
Chris MacArthur July 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I really enjoyed the parade this year. It brings tears to my eyes and proud to be American when soldiers of the past and present and their families march (or ride) by. The entertainment was fun. I missed the karate kids...but I may have been inside at that time. I love the marching bands...and the guns at the end were not too bad this year:). Not my favorite part, but sat next to a young man who said that was his favorite part of the parade when he was little. Nice to have new perspectives. I look forward to next year!! And kudos to the town for their amazingly thorough and quick cleanup! One idea for next year...recycle garbage cans present...help those fundraisers and be green(er).
sally July 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I do not recall seeing horses this year--goats yes.
Noelle July 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Couldn't have said it any better!
Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM
There were two horses that I remember seeing that were pulling a carriage.
sally July 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Now I remember. Thank you, Terry.
mel July 10, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Too many politicians; not enough marching bands. Nice to see old favs like Sycamore Garden & Devil Mt Brigade... I was hungry after - no food stands for burgers/dogs I could find. I wasn't in the mood for a walk-in restaurant - wanted "parade food". Local restaurants could setup stands - "taste of Danville" to draw new/old customers. I walked home (hungry) and drove to SR for an In/Out. I (wanted to but) didn't spend a dime in Danville on the Fourth. Event is traditional for Danville in that it lacks creativity. Sad...
jjobes July 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
The Scouts of Troop 805 deserve most of the credit for setting up the trash and other containers and picking them up/cleaning up after the parade. The boys started at 6:45 a.m. and finished at 1:00 p.m.
jjobes July 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Politics of part of Americana. History shows that, if one knows their history. Part of the reason that the U.S. is in such trouble over the last 40 or so years is that we don't pay attention to the news, to politics, to history. We have been dumb-downed in our education system and consumed by music, sports, TV, and electronics to the extreme.
Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Wanting politicians out of a parade doesn't mean people don't know their history.
Tom July 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Time and place I say. We are free when we can debate the issues of the day but sometimes you wish only to honor those who have served and enjoy a fun parade. Vets, Scouts, Bands, Teams, Families and Friends. Is this to much to ask for in a 4th of July parade. I am sure no matter your political view you may appreciate getting away from politics and enjoy your entire community.
mel July 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Agree in 'time and place'. Here's an idea: politicians and realitors can participate in the parade but only at the very end - after the Devil Mt Brigade, and they must push a broom. Then, I'd cheer them (more horses and maybe an elephant in the parade :-)
Tom July 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I volenteer to take pictures/video of this fine parade conclusion.
mel July 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
"realtor" - oops.
Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Mel: Haha -- funny!
Beau Hunk July 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Tom @7:22 wants "No politicians and no real estate agents. Of course our mayor can be part of the parade." Then what about a town councilman, Tom? And how about a sitting assemblyman or state senator, our elected representatives? And if you let them in, what about their opponents in the upcoming election? Gotta have equal time, you know. It's unfortunate and maddening, but politics is everywhere these days.
Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Beau makes a good point... and especially during an election year. Imagine the uproar that wound ensue by allowing the incumbent to roll in the parade (under the premise of only allowing those currently elected to participate) but disallowing the challenger.
Tom July 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I am ok with ANY Danville office holder in the parade and THAT is where I draw the line. Beau has discovered the slippery slope here.... I am not saying this is right or fair just my own wish list.
Tom July 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM
OK fine they can all march but they have to do nothing but that silly wave and all still have to clean up the garbage at the end.


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