TYLER - Donna Delatorre, of San Antonio, and Dan and Roberta Przybylski, of Austin, have made it their mission to visit festivals and parades that are distinctly Texan.
Their love of travel and sightseeing led them the 84th Texas Rose Festival Parade on Saturday, where the group said they enjoyed the event’s wide-ranging parade entries, beauty and family atmosphere.
“There is nothing better than a small town parade,” Ms. Delatorre said. “We liked it, and we are so grateful it didn’t rain.”
The trio was part of the many people who gathered to see the 108 entries at the 84th Texas Rose Festival Parade, themed “Celestial Wonders.”
The parade route started at Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard and followed a route west on Front Street and through the East Texas State Fairgrounds. It ended inside Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Pre-parade performance were delivered by the Robert E. Lee High School Southern Belles Drill Team, the Tyler Golden Girls and other performers from Dance-N-Drill.
The parade began with the Tyler Fire Department, and floats that featured veterans and those in the military routinely received large applause and standing ovations from those who were seated.
Parade entries featuring the Sharon Shriners, John Tyler High School’s Big Blue Band and Rose Queen Emily Kaye Evans and her court were some of the crowd’s favorites.
Krystle McGee, of Tyler, brought her baby, Ruby McGee, to the parade to see her big sister, Claire Rogers, perform with a dance group.
“Ruby loves the music, and it’s been great,” Mrs. McGee said.
Julian Rayzor, president of the Strutters, the volunteer organization that stages the parade, said he was very happy with the turnout and the weather.
“I think all the community coming out and being rooted in something in Tyler’s tradition is really cool,” Rayzor said. “It’s nice to see that this tradition stands and everyone still gets together to enjoy it.”
He added that he hoped visitors would leave the parade impressed by the way so many people came together to make it a success.
“Hopefully they saw Tyler is a great city with great tradition and that ultimately it is a great place to raise a family,” he said.