Residents began to line Main Street more than an hour before Mount Pleasant’s Independence Day parade was scheduled to begin, to get the best seats. Many came dressed in their most patriotic, red, white and blue outfits.Dressed in matching head pieces, 5-year-old Jordyn O’Loughlin sat with her mother, Kate O’Loughlin, waiting for the parade to begin. Hearing sirens, Jordyn eagerly looked up Main Street, trying to see the first vehicle on the horizon, when her mother pointed and said, “Look, here it comes!”Jordyn and some of the other children grabbed their empty bags in anticipation of the candy that would soon be thrown their way. Others covered their ears to block the noise from the loud sirens of the emergency vehicles that led the parade. The crowd enjoyed laughing at some of the costumes and entries, while the children sprinted about collecting the thrown candy.Among the usual parade entries – beauty queens, classic cars, tractors – were “Hillbilly”-themed participants, who have been a mainstay of the parade for years. J.G. Faulkner wore a costume to complete the “Hillbilly” look as he popped wheel stands, riding along on his Harley-Davidson “Rat Bike.”One of the last to pass was 8-year-old Savanah Fowler, riding a horse named “Chickey.” Both girl and horse – the entry of What-A-Burger No. 13 – were completely decked out in red, white and blue, including hair, hats, costumes and streamers.After the parade, 15-year-old local vocalist Austin Porter and the band Recoil gave a concert with special guest Camryn Boci, 14. Austin recorded his first song for Next Big Teen 2011 and is working on recording more music, hoping to release a CD in the future. Austin said he has written 12 songs. He met Camryn last September and recording two cover songs with her. Since January they’ve occasionally joined forces with Recoil. Their first joint performance was at Rock The Theater for Mount Pleasant High School in February. Recoil band members are Colin Moser, 14, keyboard, guitar and bass; Nathan Lee, 16, keyboard, guitar and bass; and Zach Winton, 13, drums.Austin Porter and Recoil are scheduled to play at the N.C. Music Factory in Charlotte in August. For information on Austin and a schedule of his performances go to www.austinportermusic.com/index.
Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013
Mount Pleasant rolls out old-fashioned Independence Day parade
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at email@example.com.
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