The Down Home Country parade in Center Point was on Saturday July 12. As some of you might already know this is a very special parade for me, because this was my first parade in the Chicken Car. I still recall the excitement of driving the then 1977 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, the first Chicken Car.
We had to finally retire that car. It was a bittersweet moment for myself.
And now, with the second generation 1996 Cadillac de Ville the excitement carries on!
The 2014 Center Point parade went great as usual. I arrived in plenty of time before the start of the parade and got my assigned line up number. I visited with a parade participant named Louis Strohack. His entry was a 1940 2-cylinder John Deere tractor. It looked and sounded super. We had a good visit. Then just prior to the start of the parade, he was awarded 2nd Place in the Tractor Division! What a great day for Louis' first Center Point Parade!
As I approached the parade review stand the announcer asked, "When was your first parade here in Center Point?" I replied, "1994." Then he noted, "That was 20 years ago!" Gee, I hadn't even realized the milestone. It definitely made my parade day more special.
After the parade I steered the Chicken Car over to the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department for some great Texas barbecue.
I want to thank Dolly Coldwell, Chairman of the Parade Committee, and her staff for a great parade and my 20th invitation!