Thousands in north Austin neighborhood delight in annual July 4th parade

4th of July parade
North Austin 4th of July parade (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 4th of July wouldn’t be what it is without parades and street sides lined with children and families dressed from head to toe in red, white and blue.

That was the scene along North Hills Drive Tuesday morning in North West Austin, with hundreds waving flags at oncoming service vehicles, antique cars and marching bands for the 45th annual neighorhood parade. Neighbors’ smiles cracked while catching candy and bodies stayed cool underneath the spray of water guns courtesy of local athletic teams, politicians and first responders.

The community watched from the sidelines of the drive, a route almost changed due to construction,  but they held on for this year to the rejoice of many.

The Berry family we spoke with has been coming here for half a decade and they wouldn’t go anywhere else to celebrate one of their favorite holidays. Katie Berry, wife to Chad Berry and mother of two, says the whole family enjoys the parade.

““It shows pride in the neighborhood and pride in the schools,” said Katie.

One of her favorite spectacles of the parade is the Ladies Lawn Chair Brigade, which consists of a  group of women who use their lawn chairs not for sitting but musical instruments. While just a spectator for now, Katie told KXAN she hopes to join one day.

Katie’s husband, Chad is a fan of the ball teams and the super soakers, a staple every year. “In the middle of the big city, we have our own community here that are all kind of tight knit so we love to see it,” he said.

Even the little ones agree. Katie and Chad’s daughter tells KXAN photographer Todd Bailey, “Happy Fourth of July!” with the brightest smile.

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