The parade started just east of Lake Highlands High School and proceeded west down Church Road in front of a large crowd of Lake Highlands residents of all ages. The weather was warm and sunny, perfect for a community parade.
Down Church Road proceeded a long line of floats, convertible and antique cars, bicycles and marchers from area local businesses, neighborhood associations, Lake Highlands High School cheerleaders, Highlandettes and Wranglers. As always there were a large number of parents and kids marching, riding bikes or being pulled in wagons. The spectators lining the parade route were treated to candy and treats thrown from the parade participants. It is estimated that more than 4,000 people attended the parade. This year’s Grand Marshall was Luke Davis, a Lake Highlands area resident who recently concluded 12 years of service on the Richardson Independent School District School Board.
The parade ended in front of the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center, where the traditional Carnival was held. This year’s Carnival included local restaurants serving delicious food, a rock-climbing wall, petting zoo, train rides and pony rides for kids and other fun activities. The Carnival featured the bluegrass band Bluestem.
Robert Sullivan, director of citizenship for the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, put it best: “The parade is a way for the entire Lake Highlands community to get together and celebrate the founding of our country and have a good time. We at the Exchange Club are proud to be able to put this wonderful event on every year, and look forward to putting it on for years to come. This parade would not be possible without the help of many individuals and businesses, and we thank them all. It would be impossible to name all those who helped, but we are particularly grateful to Walmart, ViewPoint Bank, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Councilman Jerry Allen and the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department for all of their help in making this year’s parade the most successful ever!”
The 42nd Annual LW4 parade in Lakewood was also a huge success. Thousands of residents lined the parade route in anticipation of the festivities. This year's theme was “Hollywood Comes to Lakewood.” Onlookers followed the parade to its end at the Tokalon tennis courts for refreshments, music, and awards after the Parade.