Slideshow: Westcliff West’s Fourth of July parade draws more than 100 participants

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Cars more than 50-years-old decorated in red, white and blue drove through the streets of Westcliff West this morning as neighbors and friends celebrated America’s independence.

More than 100 vehicles participated in the Westcliff West Neighborhood Association’s annual Fourth of July parade, said Linda Bavousett, a member of Fort Worth First Congregational Church.

Among them were “one old fire truck, two new ones, several floats, 53 Corvettes and all kinds of Volkswagens,” she said.

People lined the neighborhood streets as early as 9 a.m. The parade started at 10 a.m. at the Fort Worth First Congregational Church and also ended there with a block party afterward.

The block party brings a lot more participants and attendees, said Jay Swindle, another member of the church. The block party was an addition since last year’s parade.

Irma Fernandez walked in the parade for the first time. Fernandez said she had read about the parade, but it was a lot bigger than she anticipated.

Best friends Sarah Walker and Judith Clements watched the parade together from lawn chairs in Clements’ front yard.

“This is something like my tenth or twelfth time to drive in this parade,” said Eddie Palmer who drove a 1964 Chevy pickup truck in the parade.

Palmer’s girlfriend and two daughters rode in the back of the truck with their three dogs and threw out candy for the kids.

“The parade gets bigger every year,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
 

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