It’s not often we get to kick off the TCR on July 4th, but this year we do. The Grand Parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4th at 4 p.m. in downtown Stamford. In honor of Independence Day, the parade will follow suite with a Red, White & Blue theme.
Leading the TCR Parade is the Grand Marshal. It is an honorary position that has been held by congressmen, local figures, western natives, a Hollywood stuntman, and more. Those who have held this position are held in the highest regard. This year is no different.
Johnny Anders will serve as this year’s TCR Parade Marshal. He has been a figurehead in Stamford for over two decades. His dedication to his community by serving on the City Council for the past 20 years, with the last 13 as Mayor, makes him the longest serving mayor that Stamford has ever had. He’s a well-known businessman, owning and operating Anders Paint & Body, a business his father started back in 1959. Always willing to lend a hand, he’s active in our community and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He is also a local artisan, with his metal works of art across the street from Harmon Park. He also built the T-Rex with its reflective ribs on Swenson Street, and the red-eyed spider at McHarg and 277. And let’s not forget Bedlam across the street from the spider. This huge pickup truck bed display encourages locals to paint to their hearts content on the metal canvases he has provided.
“Being Mayor was really great, but I think this is probably the greatest honor for anyone from Stamford,” said Anders about being name Grand Marshal. “When you can remember congressmen, governors and really important people getting this privilege, and then you are allowed to be the one… it doesn’t get any better than this.”
Anders is excited to be this year’s TCR Grand Parade Marshal, and invites everyone to come out and join in the parade or sit back and watch.
There is no fee to enter the parade, but registration is encouraged to be considered for prizes, and registration is available online at www.texascowboyreunion.com under the Grand Parade page. There are also entry forms there that can be printed out and turned in.
Join us for a Red, White & Blue July 4th Parade to kick off this year’s Texas Cowboy Reunion. Line up for the parade begins at 2 p.m. in and around the First Baptist Church parking lot, and the parade starts promptly at 4 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Cheyenne Bereuter, TCR Parade Chairman, cell phone 254-913-7374 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.