2017 South County 4th of July Parade Video & Photos
The 42nd Annual South County 4th of July Parade took place on Tuesday, July 4 starting at 9 a.m. in The Woodlands.
Watch the parade from start to finish in the Hello Woodlands LIVE broadcast on our Facebook page:
Spectators lined the streets in the Town Center to watch over 150 parade floats including more than 40 dignitaries and five high school marching bands. The parade route was approximately 1.3 miles long through the Town Center area, through Market Street, beginning and ending at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Parade entry judging on the parade route took place just above the North Commons in Market Street with twelve award categories including new categories: Facebook Fan Favorite and Best Go Live Entry. Parade Judges included John Powers, Bret Strong, Steven Hummer, Bob Milner, Josh Urban, Ted Oberg, Kim Morgan, Jim Raney, and Kelly Dietrich.
Prior to the parade kick off, for the 4th year, Lauren Moore sang the National Anthem, a new tradition this year, and the Declaration of Independence was read by Ryan Elkins at Town Green Park. To start the parade Kelley Peters, a Woodlands native and graduate from The Woodlands High School, sang the National Anthem in Market Street.
At 9 a.m. The Woodlands Fire Department led the parade with lights and sirens including fire engines, military, floats, horses and much more. The Parade Grand Marshal honor was awarded this year to Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1.
Dana Tyson, Grand Marshall
Congressman Kevin Brady
State Senator Brandon Creighton, District 4
State Representative Mark Keough, District 15
Craig Doyal, County Judge
JD Lambright, Montgomery County Attorney
Tammy McRae, County Tax Assessor
Charlie Riley, County Commissioner Precinct 2
James Noack, County Commissioner Precinct 3
Rand Henderson, Montgomery County Sheriff
Ryan Gable, Constable Precinct 3
Dr. Ann Snyder, The Woodlands Township Director
Laura Fillault, The Woodlands Township Director
Ritch Wheeler, Mayor City of Shenandoah
Ron Raymaker, Councilmember City of Shenandoah
Charlie Bradt, Councilmember City of Shenandoah
Brigade Headquarter, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Texas
1-133D Field Artillery 56th division
453rd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, U.S. Army Reserves
Color Guard Dekaney HS JROTC Navy
…and many more!
The parade supports our Military Troops and Veterans through Military Service Branch entries and has been said to feature “the most Military presence of any parade in the Region.” The Texas Army National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserves have been participating in the parade since 2009. Again this year, the Seventy-second Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 453rd Inland Cargo Transfer Company (U.S. Army Reserves) and 1-133D Field Artillery participated in the parade.
The committee hosts an annual Marching Band Scholarship Program and the parade featured five marching bands in the parade: Hempstead High School, Willis High School, The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, and the Greater Houston All Star Band.
To learn more about the event, visit www.4thofjuly.org.
Visit the Hello Woodlands Facebook Page for more photos and videos from the South County 4th of July Parade!