Muleshoe residents enjoy parade

Classmates from the Muleshoe High School class of 1954 wave American flags as they ride on their float in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade on Main Street in Muleshoe. (Staff photo:Eric Kluth

By Eric Kluth: CNJ Staff

Parade watchers coming to Muleshoe for Saturday morning’s Independence Day parade were treated to floats decorated in red, white and blue carrying people who peppered Main Street with an amount of candy that would make any dentist cringe.

The event brought Muleshoe citizens — and even a former Muleshoe resident living nearly 1,800 miles away — together for the festivities.

Bill R. Holman, 68, of Oregon City, Ore., rode on a float in the parade with fellow classmates from Muleshoe High School class of 1954.

“We used to drag main in high school, so it was great to go down Main Street in Muleshoe, Texas, again,” Holman said. “It was really warm, everyone was really marvelous.”

Holman and his classmates waved American flags to the candy-catching crowd as they made their way north in the 30-minute parade.

Brevin McCool, almost 2 years old from Hobbs, caught candy with help from his grandmother LaDonna Holmans of Muleshoe. Between the two, they collected a bag of gum, candy and peanuts.

“It (the parade) is becoming more patriotic every year,” said Holmans, who said she has been attending the Fourth of July parades more than twenty years.

The theme for the parade was America’s future and it had 45 entries, beginning with the Muleshoe man, woman and families of the year and ending with the Muleshoe Fire Department. The Boehning Dairy won first place for best float, followed by United Supermarkets at second place and Phillips Pest Control in third. Saturday’s events were capped by a concert in the park and fireworks at dusk.

“It is a great crowd. Pretty much the whole town turns out and the people on the side of the road are the few people that are not in the parade,” said Terral King, president of the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce board of directors.