Thousands celebrate July 4 Bartow style
by Neil McGahee
Jul 05, 2014 | 1250 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 5,000 people, some wearing jackets due to unusually cool temperatures, gathered to watch the 2014 Fourth of July parade — presented by WBHF radio and the Optimist Club and sponsored by Metro Kia — part of Stars, Stripes and Cartersville’s daylong festivities.

Led by Grand Marshal Ken Cook, chief meteorologist at FOX 5 Atlanta, and his wife, Susie, the parade left Tabernacle Baptist Church’s parking lot at 9 a.m. winding through downtown — Douglas, Church, Bartow, Main and Stonewall streets — before returning to the church lot.

The crowds along Main Street waved miniature flags as entrants ranging from the sublime — a float packed with veterans — to the ridiculous — Shriners in souped-up go karts — to politicians eased down Main Street stopping only for the ever present freight train.

Abby Baca, 22 months, of Emerson, witnessing her first parade, couldn’t suppress her delight as it passed. Every entrant, especially the horses, got a wave and a squeal of delight. By parade’s end, however, the wave was replaced by a yawn.

After the parade, the activities shifted to Dellinger Park featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, pony and camel rides, a petting zoo and a car show presented by the Shrine Club. The celebration concluded with a fireworks display sponsored by the Optimist Club and the city of Cartersville.