Basehor begins preparations for Fourth of July parade
Basehor Pride and other members of the community have begun planning the Fourth of July parade in Basehor, and they hope to make it just as big as last year's event.
Last year, the organizers saw a much larger turnout than in years past because of a time change from an afternoon parade to a 7 p.m. parade. Families lined 155th Street as the parade made its way to Basehor-Linwood High School and the football field where the annual fireworks show began just after sunset.
Chuck Wilderson of Basehor Pride hopes that the crowds turn out again this year, even though the holiday comes on a Friday.
"Last year's showing was great," Wilderson said. "But the crowd may be down this year because of the long weekend."
The fact that families may be out of town for the holiday isn't stopping the planners from striving to put together a successful community parade. The theme of this year's parade is still in the air. Last year's theme was "Celebrating Our Blue Ribbon Schools and Community."
The route will still go from Holy Angels Catholic Church down 155th Street to Parallel Road. The planning committee will honor the championship teams from BLHS with their own float, and the Boy Scouts — including the Eagle scouts from BLHS — will also have their own float. Wilderson said the planning committee is working on acquiring antique cars for the parade from the Don Mayberry Car Club.
The Basehor Citizen of the Year will also be announced after the parade while 2013's citizen of the year, Vickey Long, will ride in the parade in a designated float. To nominate a citizen of the year candidate, contact the Basehor Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the chamber website at basehorchamber.org.
Wilderson, Ashley Razak, Judy Goens, Gene Myracle and Capt. Jim Dickey spoke Monday at the first of several planning meetings for the parade and Fourth of July celebration. Dickey voiced his concern about candy being thrown on the street during the parade and kids rushing out to pick it up.
Dickey said the candy-throwing is a perennial issue for the parade in Basehor.
"As a driver, your head has got to be on a swivel," Dickey said. "Naturally, kids are going to race to see who can get to the candy first."
Wilderson said he and the day-of organizers will be sure to stress that any one throwing candy throw it clear of the roadway so that kids don't have to enter the parade path to pick up their sweets.