“The citizens in Irving really do support the cause,” said James Dickens, the parade’s master of ceremonies. “They love coming out, and the weather cooperated. It seemed like everyone had fun. I haven’t seen that many kids and families at the parade in a long time. I don’t know how many thousands of people we had here, but there were a bunch.
“I think this parade is one of the most successful we’ve had in recent years. A lot of it had to do with the weather. It’s not extremely hot, and there was no rain.
“We appreciate people coming out and seeing what Irving is all about. We enjoy showcasing our Heritage District. It’s great for people to experience what Irving’s heritage is all about.”
Mike Pfaffenberger watched the parade with his family.
“I loved the parade,” Pfaffenberger said. “I think there were a lot more people out here this year than there were last year. I always like coming to this parade, because it makes Irving feel like a small town. One of my favorite things about Irving is its parades. I really like watching the kids jump around, get candy and enjoying the day. As far as the floats and stuff, this year was as good if not better than parades in years before.
“It is a great time to be in Irving with the parades and all the stuff that is going on in the city. It’s nice to see it coming back.”
This year’s parade was the first one for the McCorry family in four years.
“This is our first year coming to the parade since my son was born,” Chandra McCorry said. “It was really nice. The parade was well orchestrated and put together. My favorite part was the old antique cars. My son’s favorite part was the candy.”
The debris left behind from hundreds of pounds of candy is a small price to pay for a morning of family friendly entertainment, according to Cindy Morgan.
“There’s a really good crowd with a lot of family participation,” Morgan said. “We now have a messy street, because of the candy thrown to the kids, but I think it was nice. I don’t think this parade was as long as some that we’ve had in previous years. However, it is definitely cooler, and the kids loved it.”
The following floats were recognized as Irving’s 2012 Parade Award Winners:
Best of Show – American Legion Post 218
Most Unique Vehicle – Plymouth Park Baptist Church
Best Float Commercial – Sonic
Best Marching/Walkers – Irving Girls Cheerleader Association
Best Float – Non-Commercial – American Legion Post 218.
During the evening, the patriotic celebration continued in Las Colinas. The Irving Symphony Orchestra and the Kenny Chavez Combo provided music, while children kept cool by playing on inflatable water slides. A choreographed fireworks show provided the day’s grand finale.