ARLEE — The annual Arlee Fourth of July Parade might not be the biggest parade in the area but in its case size doesn’t matter. It’s the enthusiastic spectators that matter. Year in and year out during the parade the side streets of the small hamlet have been lined with enthusiasm. This year was the same old, same old at the 67th annual edition of the parade.
The parade theme this year was “Old Glory, Long May it Wave.” Thankfully there wasn’t any Trump flag hugging in the parade categories. However there was patriotism, clubs and organizations, commercial, western, Native American, vehicles, business, and novelty and humorous categories.
The Grand Marshall for the 67th edition was Clark Matt. As has become custom, the Mission Valley Honor Guard led the way. Parade gazers were treated to candy for the palate and candy for the eyes with the various multicolored and multi-themed floats all tossing candy to the youngsters that lined the route.
As usual the kudos for the successful parade goes mainly to the Morin family of Valley Creek. You can bet they aren’t resting on any laurels but are already thinking about the 68th Annual Arlee Fourth of July Parade. And wondering where the energy and time will come to handle the event once again. No doubt all the pieces will be in place come high noon, July 4, 2020.