“America’s Spirits Are High On The 4th Of July” is the theme of the Lower Southampton Township Independence Day Parade to be held in Feasterville on Thursday, July 4th, beginning at 1:00pm.
The public is invited free of charge. The Feasterville Business Association is the lead sponsor of the event.
According to Bob DiBenedetto and Ed Shannon, event chairpersons, “This year’s parade and patriotic salute to America will include an appearance by the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, as well as performances by two Mummers string bands – South Philadelphia and Uptown.
Also performing will be popular country and western entertainer Jody King and the Boogie Dogs Band.
In addition, there’ll be entertainment by the Andalusia Jug Band, Tri-County Band, DJB Jug Band, the Bracken Cavaliers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps and the St. Columcille United Gaelic Band.
Local and visiting fire departments, antique and classic cars, along with an array of colorful floats including the Lower Southampton Veterans Advisory and Wings of Freedom floats also will be part of the pageantry, color and excitement.
Federal, state, county and local government representatives also will part of the line of march.
The Lower Southampton Police Department will display and carry America’s colors in the parade.
Additionally marching will be a host of area groups and organizations. Included are girls and boys teams from the Lower Southampton Athletic Association, the Neshaminy High School Cheerleaders, Cub and Boy Scout units, LuLu Shriners, and the Lower Southampton Veterans Advisory Board.
The FBA will be represented with its beautiful Belgium horse-drawn wagon and their college scholarship winner. “We are always looking for more groups and organizations who wish to march in the parade,” note Bob and Ed.
Two of the major highlights of the 2019 fun and festivities will be the baby and bicycle competitions.
Registration for those events will take place at Wage Electric on Bustleton Pike on the day of the parade.
Also, there will be special prizes for the best and most colorful floats.
“We are also inviting area business owner and private individuals to become sponsors for the parade,” relate Bob and Ed.
Everyone who participates with a sponsorship of $100 or more will receive a certificate of appreciation plus a prominent identification in the official parade book which is given to all spectators.
Larger sponsorship opportunities also are available to area businesses. “Without the generosity and support from our wonderful sponsors we would not be able to stage this exciting and entertaining parade spectacle for everyone to enjoy,” comment the chairpersons.
The Lower Southampton July 4th Parade will begin at Second Street and Bustleton Pike in Feasterville, and move north on Route 213 (Bridgetown Pike) to the Lower Southampton Intermediate School and the Lower Southampton Township grounds.
Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve as marshals for the event.
For additional information about event participation or volunteering, contact Connie Perry at Lower Southampton Township at 215-357-7300, extension 301.
Rain date is Saturday, July 6th.