SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — The sporadic rain during the course of the day Monday did not stop the parade of American Legion Post 276 in South Shore from taking place.
Brook Haywood, president of the Women’s Auxiliary for Post 276, said the rain did not hinder the parade as she thought it would and said they still had a good turn out. There were plenty of smiles with children chasing hand-tossed candy as the parade floats passed by.
“It has been great. Ernie West, veteran and medal winner from the Korean War was our grand marshal this year. I was so worried that the parade would get drenched, but luckily the rain waited for us, and it stopped in time,” Haywood said. “So, we are really happy about that. The parade is usually a lot bigger, and more people are usually out, but we are still happy about the turn out.”
The parade started at First Avenue in South Shore and continued across U.S. 23 over to the American Legion Post 276, where parade goers were able to enjoy free hot dogs and other refreshments, courtesy of Post 276.
“After this we will have a short, opening ceremony, and then we do a baby contest for kids zero to nine,” Haywood said. “We will have our watermelon-eating contest, water balloon toss and sack race. We usually do a barrel race, but I don’t think we will be able to do that because it is a little wet out.”
Cheryl Moore, mayor of South Shore, said she greatly appreciates the efforts of American Legion Post 276.
“I just really appreciate the Legion and the Auxiliary and how they put this on for us each year,” Moore said. “It always turns out to be a great event for the community. Post 276 also put flags all along the parade route this year, and I think it looks really beautiful, and I thank them for that.”
Haywood said hosting the annual parade is a pleasure of Post 276.
“We just really enjoy being able to do this for the community, and to let everybody come together to celebrate this country’s freedom, and we’re just real happy with it,” Haywood said.
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