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Floats of Pink, Red, White and Blue Reap Rotary’s Trophies For Fabulous 4th Parade

| July 5, 2018

breast-cancer awareness

Our favorite: Surfside Estates won second place in the talent category for its breast-cancer awareness float in the Fabulous Fourth parade in Flagler Beach Wednesday. (© FlaglerLive).

It was as hot sunny and festive as it was red white and blue down Oceanshore Boulevard in Flagler Beach Wednesday as the traditional Independence Day Parade took its course for about 65 minutes starting at 10 a.m.

The Flagler Beach Rotary-sponsored parade’s big winner was Florida Pirate Alliance, which took Best of Parade, with more than a dozen more winners and honorees.

Flagler County Schools’ entry isn’t listed among the winners, but only because there was no category for Best Idea: as School Board members Andy Dance and Janet McDonald ambled down Oceanshore, they and their volunteers–including former Superintendent Jacob Oliva–handed out simple fans emblazoned with the district’s logo, turning the two sides of A1A’s throngs of sewaty spectators into a wavy fan zone for the Flagler school district.

Another notable winner: Surfside Estates’ enormous pink boobs, part of a golf cart turned mobile engine of breast-cancer awareness. Philip Roth would have appreciated it.

The parade and subsequent activities down to the 9 p.m. fireworks appears to have gone off with few hitches, judging from the overnight arrest reports: those show the expected arrests for disorderly intoxication and of course pot possession, but not many at all, there was
one assault on a law enforcement officer (coupled with booze, naturally), and the odd DUI, but nothing out of the ordinary on an extraordinary day.

Here’s the full list of parade winners, with pictures of the parade below:

Best of Parade: Florida Pirate Alliance

1st Place Best Depicting Theme: Charles Umpenhour Inc.
2nd Place Best Depicting Theme: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
3rd Place Best Depicting Theme: Flagler County Corvette Club

1st Place Best Marching Unit: Matanzas High School Cheerleaders
2nd Place Best Marching Unit: Boy Scout Troop 281
3rd Place Best Marching Unit: Flagler County Sherrif’s Office

1st Place Best Talent: Studio Z Fitness
2nd Place Best Talent: Surfside Estates
3rd Place Best Talent: Innovative Dance Company

Best Entertainment: The Ned (Rugrat punk band from Palm Coast)

1st Place Judges Choice: USS Florida Base of the US Submarine Veterans
2nd Place Judges Choice: Matanzas High School Cheerleaders joined by the MHS football team
3rd Place Judges Choice: Phun Coast Parrot Heads

Honoring Armed Forces and Veterans: Allen Onslaught Paintball Adventure Ride

Honoring Police, Fire, and Paramedics: Flagler County Fire Rescue

flagler district fan zone

Somebody at the school district should get a prize for branding: the district’s float handed out fans, turning both sides of A1A into a Flagler school district fan zone. (© FlaglerLive)


The Rotary’s Cindy Dalecki hands out a First Place trophy to Charles Umpenhour Inc. for Best Depicting Theme. (© FlaglerLive)

jacob oliva

Former Superintendent Jacob Oliva, now part of the state Department of Education’s executive staff, was among the surprise visitors in the parade. (© FlaglerLive)

trump parade

Seriously? (© FlaglerLive)


What’s a parade without the elephant in the roof.

You can barely see her now, but the future is in good hands. (© FlaglerLive)

You can barely see her now, but the future is in good hands. (© FlaglerLive)

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Revelers and candy. (© FlaglerLive)

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Traffic died in Flagler Beach during the parade. (© FlaglerLive)

sheriff rick staly

Sheriff Rick Staly, in a salute to Clint Eastwood–or, more precisely, Walt Longmire, as the sheriff himself later specified, referring to the famed Wyoming sheriff. (© FlaglerLive)

belhumeur to staly

From Flagler Beach Commissioner Rick Belhumeur: ‘Thank you Sheriff Staly for all the additional resources you have sent to help maintain a safe environment for our residents along with the visitors to our fine city of Flagler Beach.’ (© FlaglerLive)

color guard

(© FlaglerLive)

2 Responses for “Floats of Pink, Red, White and Blue Reap Rotary’s Trophies For Fabulous 4th Parade”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not too impressed with the parade. Our Sheriff again show boating…..SMH

  2. Keep Flagler Beautiful says:

    I think Sheriff Staly looks pretty cool on that palomino. And what do you expect of a small beach town like Flagler, anyway — the Macy’s Fifth Avenue parade? I wish I had been there. I’ll definitely go next year. It looks like a lot of fun.

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