Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Golf carts line July Fourth parade; it's how they roll in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE

In between golf carts, antique English cars and horses, Sarah Conroy, 70, stood out next to her tricycle.

Alongside about 30 organizations and 170 Hernando County residents, Conroy rode in High Point golf community's July Fourth parade. After 10 years as a High Point resident, Conroy rode in the parade for the first time. She was the only tricycle.

Over two days, she decorated the tricycle's wheel spokes, as well as the poles that supported an overhead cover, in red, white and blue ribbons and pinwheels. The lines of traditional golf carts in the parade wore the same kind sparkling banners and flags. As the carts lined up, residents taped on the finishing touches.

"It's a lot of fun. Every year the parade goes by, and you get a lot of inspiration from it for your country," Conroy said.

Along the parade route, spectators sat under carports and in golf carts, receiving free swag from volunteers associated with the floats.

Some distributed literature for politicians running in Hernando County elections, while others handed out beaded necklaces. Most golf carts and floats threw candy for the children watching.

"I think that's why we're so popular," Oakie Scache, 82, said. "We have candy."

Scache has lived in High Point for almost two decades and has driven her golf cart in the parade multiple times.

"People come here from all over. I hope it's for the parade and not just the candy," she said, laughing.

Although the High Point parade is within the golf community, it is the only parade in Hernando County and open to the public.

Under the shade of a tree, Gwen Roy, 68, sat back in a lawn chair fanning herself as her 6-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, rushed to pick candy up off the street.

Roy smiled and waved as floats and horses passed by.

"My husband was a veteran, so things like this are very touching," Roy said. She began to hold back tears.

Roy's late husband, Lynn Roy, served in the Navy for 22 years and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On holidays such as Independence Day, Roy said she is reminded of him.

"He loved his country."

The parade route ended at the High Point Community Center, where spectators gathered for a flag raising ceremony organized by Post 186 of the American Legion. Residents and visitors mingled inside the community center over refreshments and cookies as the parade contest results were announced afterward.

Laura Herrera can be reached at lherrera@tampabay.com or (352) 754-6114.

Golf carts line July Fourth parade; it's how they roll in Brooksville 07/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

    Blogs

    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
  2. President Trump offers prayers for Kissimmee police

    Blogs

    President Donald Trump reacted to the police shooting in Kissimmee:

  3. Kissimmee police officer dies, one gravely wounded; Jacksonville officers shot

    News

    KISSIMMEE — A Kissimmee police officer died and a second was gravely wounded Friday night, police Chief Jeff O'Dell said.

    Two police officers have been shot and killed in Kissimmee, authorities say. The shooting happened in the area of Palmway and Cypress around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of WESH.com
  4. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  5. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

    Roads

    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]