Last year, the City of Lakeway was forced to cancel their largest celebration of the year due to the pandemic. This year, the City of Lakeway coordinated one of the best and THE biggest 4th of July parade the City has ever seen!
Always a family-friendly event, the City planned a lineup of activities for the entire weekend, capitalized by the parade on Saturday, July 3rd. To beat the heat (and this year, the unseasonal surplus of rain as well), the parade began promptly at 8:30am, starting at the Live Oak Country Club on Lakeway Drive and ending at the Lakeway Activity Center.
This year’s theme was “AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL—A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM.” All entries were encouraged to enhance their vehicles with the theme of the parade.
Lakeway Municipal Utility District (LMUD) has been a participant in the parade every year. Our theme this year was “Keep Lakeway Beautiful. Conserve Water”. The first vehicle was a truck, driven by LMUD’s Field Construction Crew Lead Cy Ndefung. Throwing out candy from the truck’s bed was LMUD General Manager Earl Foster. The truck featured a large drainpipe pouring out beautifully clean “water” symbolized by sparkling blue streamers, surrounded by blue beach balls symbolizing bubbles, enhanced by a bubble machine blowing soap bubbles into the crowd.
Our theme this year was “Keep Lakeway Beautiful. Conserve Water”.
LMUD’s second vehicle was a dump truck, driven by LMUD’s Field Maintenance crew member Roger Wisdom. Riding in the back of the dump truck were LMUD Board of Directors members, President Jerry Hietpas and Vice President Larry Burmeier. Making a debut was the new LMUD water drop, animated by Stephanie Threinen, LMUD’s Public Information Liaison. This happy character was dancing and waving at the crowd while Hietpas and Burmeier threw out beach balls, branded with LMUD’s custom design featuring the theme for the parade.
“We always appreciate an opportunity to participate in City events. The 4th of July parade is usually our go-to activity each year because it gives us a lot of visibility and it’s so much fun for participants and attendees alike. Congratulations to each of the award winners! We look forward to competing for your title next year,” joked Foster.
This year’s winning parade entries were:
BEST FLOAT OR BOAT
1st Place: Dottie’s Follies
2nd Place: Lohman’s Ford Chapter, Betsy Ross and a Band of Women Warriors
3rd Place: Lake Travis Youth Association
BEST ANTIQUE AUTO
1st Place: John English, 1953 Rolls Royce
2nd Place: Vince Maggio, 1959 RT3A Triumph
3rd Place: Tom Rioux, Lakeway Friday Car Club
BEST MARCHING BAND
1st Place: Genesis Drum Corp.
2nd Place: Bio Hazard Brass Band
BEST MARCHING GROUP
1st Place: Women’s Club of Greater Lakeway
2nd Place: Lake Travis High School Cheerleaders
BEST CHILDREN’S ENTRY
1st Place: Cub Scout Pack 442
2nd Place: Cub Scout Pack 440
1st Place: The Lake Travis Standing Military Committee
2nd Place: Jim Miller Family
3rd Place: The Silverberg Family
1st Place: Lake Travis Sister Wives
2nd Place: Tuscan Village Retirement Community
3rd Place: Lake Travis Mountain Bike Team