LibertyFest parade draws big crowd to Edmond

The Edmond LibertyFest parade featured dozens of floats, including Shriners driving dune buggies and vintage John Deere tractors.
by Matt Patterson Published: July 5, 2013

“We don't normally go to parades, but I thought it might be fun to do this year,” she said. “The kids are getting a little older, and I think they can appreciate things more. It's been a fun day so far, and we haven't even seen any fireworks yet.”

Mike Davis and his wife, Jennifer, came up from Oklahoma City to see the parade and spend the rest of the day at Arcadia Lake. The Fourth of July is one of their favorite holidays.

“We have a lot of problems in our country, but this is one day where you can put those differences aside and appreciate what we have together without a lot of politics,” Davis said. “It doesn't matter what affiliation you have, this is a special day for everyone, and I hope that never changes.”

LibertyFest has been a Fourth of July fixture in Edmond for 41 years. The event began with a rodeo June 22 and concluded Thursday night with a fireworks display at the University of Central Oklahoma.

In between there was a kite festival, car show, cardboard boat regatta and Miss LibertyFest pageant, among other events during the festival.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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