The AmeriBration parade had lots of scenes like the one in the photo above. The Fourth of July parade draws families and groups to Calvert City every year.
AmeriBration parade crowd favorite, highlight of Chief’s Elliotts day
(Filed July 9, 2013) Calvert City- Every Fourth of July in Calvert City is filled with the sound of freedom, as the city celebrates its annual Ameribration festival. This year’s theme, Faces of Freedom, was chosen to recognize those throughout the community who have served in any of the armed forces agencies.
Among the droves of people were more children than in past years according to David Elliott, Chief of the Calvert City Police Department. Elliott, six officers and a deputy worked the Ameribration festival, maintaining traffic flow and aiding with several of the key events.
“It seemed like more people showed up this year because of the nice weather and cool breeze,” he said. “The parade had an especially good turnout with more kids this year.”
Elliott said it made him proud that so many kids came as it showed the good family atmosphere that Calvert City has to offer. While the majority of people attending Ameribration were natives of Calvert City, Elliott said there were several families from McCracken and Livingston counties who attended the festivities.
He said that as he talked to people throughout the day he realized the car show and the parade were what people seemed to enjoy the most. For him, he said, his favorite part of Ameribration was the parade.
This year’s Ameribration parade had more participants than in some of the past years and near the front of the line was Grand Marshal of the parade, Evelyn Harrington, 102, of Calvert City.
The Calvert Area Development Association chose Harrington as the grand marshal because of her impact on the community, starting when she and her husband opened the Calvert Drive-in Theatre sixty years ago.
At first it seemed like Harrington might not be able to attend because of health concerns, but she led the parade smiling and waving at the onlookers.
Following Harrington in the parade were trucks from the local fire departments, winners from the Miss Ameribration Pageant, members of the Calvert City post of the American Legion, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a local Cub Scout troop and many other community organizations.
Following the parade there was a mad rush to the free watermelon provided at Memorial Park. Hundreds of people gathered at the park to enjoy the watermelon and to socialize with their friends in the community.
Right before dusk, the community began moving toward Doctor’s Park for the fireworks show and for the first time it became clear how crowded the city was. Hundreds gathered to enjoy the fireworks and following the finale people began leaving the Ameribration Celebration.
With the amount of people flooding in and out of Calvert City throughout the day it was expected that there would be several traffic accidents, but Elliott said there was only one accident that day. He said there had been one incident near the I-24 on-ramp near U.S. Highway 62.