The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday the three organizations selected to split cash prizes totaling $850 in Monday’s Red White & BOOM Hometown Parade. The parade honored Hometown Heroes and featured 60 entrants representing Veterans, scout troops, service and non-profit organizations, attractions, local businesses, and equestrian groups.
McKinney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Lone Star Post 2150 was the judges’ unanimous winner for the first prize of $500. The VFW, which is celebrating 75 years of service to McKinney veterans this year, featured numerous American flags, military flags, patriotic bunting, and a display of a soldier’s boots, weapons and helmet, as well veterans’ and soldiers’ families and an Uncle Sam character who waved at attendees as the float passed by. Signs attached to the truck pulling the float announced the date of the upcoming opening of McKinney’s Veterans Memorial Park, now under construction at Craig Ranch.
Winning the second prize of $250 was the Guardians of Grace entry from McKinney’s chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. More than 100 motorcycles strong, this entry featured riders from several area motorcycle clubs, most of which had decorated their bikes with American flags, streamers and other patriotic-colored materials. Many of the riders also donned red, white and blue clothing, bandanas, and beads. Some of the bikers rode motorcycles painted with American flags.
The equestrian group Trinity Trail Riders was named the third prize winner of $100. The dozen or so horses and were riders representing this organization were all dressed and decorated in their best patriotic finery and carried flags.
“We always love seeing what all the entering organizations and individuals come up with to show their patriotism. We appreciate all the hard work and creativity they all put into their entries,” said Diann Bayes, MCVB Executive Director. “We were excited, too, to see so many people turn out to enjoy this patriotic event, and to stay around the square afterward to shop, eat some lunch, and then visit the car show that afternoon.”
Judging this year’s event were local comic Laura Bartlett of Four Funny Ladies, business coach and chairman of the board of Chestnut Square Historic Village Tim Baker, and McKinney Main Street executive director Ty Lake.
“Every year, it is a tougher decision for our judges to decide on the winners,” Bayes said. “We really appreciate having them come out and help us make the parade a success.”
Prize money and certificates will be presented to the winners next week.