TEMPLE TERRACE — Mayor Frank Chillura describes the Temple Terrace Fourth of July parade as an amenity that perfectly plays into the community's "Amazing City" tagline.
And it's on tap for the 42nd consecutive year.
The event, hosted by the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce with Bulluck Law Group serving as the title sponsor, begins at 10 a.m. on Monday.
This year's theme is Vote: Make it Count. The grand marshal is Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer.
The parade will start at Whiteway Drive and Gillette Avenue. Parade entries, which number more than 100, will head south on Gillette, west on Druid Hills, and then south on Ridgedale Road to the Ridgedale Sports Complex adjacent to Temple Terrace Elementary School.
"It's a great family environment and a great way to show off the wonderful aspects of our city, like our large beautiful oaks and the genuine hospitality of our residents," said Chillura, who as in years past, will likely have his five children in tow.
Paradegoers can expect to see a mix of participants from businesses, service organizations, schools and churches based in and around the city. The Temple Terrace Arts Council will hand out art projects to kids along the parade route; Tampa Bay Tech and King High bands will play for the crowd; the First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace and Chick-fil-A Temple Terrace are set to showcase their floats among a few others; and the city's police department plans to bring out its armored SWAT vehicle.
"Helping our businesses grow and building new businesses is important to us," said Sheron Bass, parade chairman and incoming chairman of the chamber board.
The new Temple Terrace Farmers Market, open Saturday mornings on 56th Street adjacent to Temple Terrace City Hall, is among this year's first-time parade entrants.
"We want to get the word out to the whole city and the parade is the best place for that," said farmer's market coordinator Travis Malloy. "We'll have some farm animals and we will hand out fliers and eggs – plastic eggs, that is, with treats inside."
Bass, who is in her second year as parade chair, said it's never a problem getting people to participate in the event.
"The community just steps up and helps out," she said. "I like the fact that it pulls people together to celebrate what the day is all about."
Following the parade everyone is invited to a celebratory picnic, courtesy of the Bulluck Law Group at 306 Bullard Parkway.
The public is also encouraged to turn out at 6 p.m. for a chamber-sponsored evening of entertainment on the first fairway of the Temple Terrace golf course.
The Dan Story Band and Temple Terrace teen guitarist and singer Sara Morey will perform and there will be a variety of food vendors.
The highlight of the evening is at 9:15 p.m. when fireworks will light up the sky. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but no personal fireworks are allowed on the golf course.
"The chamber is so honored to be able to bring the greater Temple Terrace community the annual Fourth of July parade, evening music and fireworks," said chamber president and CEO Lee Bell. "It's a true community celebration."
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