According to Parade Chair Jon Marie Wilson, chair, entries were up for Pawhuska’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration Parade with 28 registrations.
Parade winners received $25 gift certificates from the Pawhuska Boy Scouts’ fireworks stand along with other prizes.
Category winners include: “Funniest” - James Long; “Best Pet” – Ruby Jean; “Best Wheels” – Cadence Surrett; “Best Family” – Brycen, Bryanna and Bryxlie Swan; “Most Patriotic” – Laurel Moody; “Most Original” – Jamison, Jentry and Jared Thorne; “Most Outrageous” – Kaleb Adams. Honorable mentions went to Giovanni and Kimberly Soliano, Tedisue Witcraft, Caroline Perrier, Savanna Hendren, and Britt Hurd.
One stand-out in the parade was the ‘Blue Man’ who was covered from head-to-toe in royal blue spandex. The ‘Blue Man’ confessed he was not a super hero but someone who wanted to have a little fun. Winning the ‘Most Outrageous award, his identify was unveiled. The ‘Blue Man’ is actually PHS Freshman Caleb Adams, son of Candy and Samuel Adams.
Bringing up the end of the parade was the Soliano-Witcraft family. Giovanni Soliano practiced with his U.S.A. soccer ball throughout the parade.
Matriarch Tedisue Witcraft said her family participates in a similar parade each October in Bonaire but on a much larger scale.
“Bonaire’s event is five days long. Located off the coast of Venezuela, over thirty countries participate,” daughter Kimberly Soliano explained. “Since entries are in alphabetical order, we are generally the grand finale. After finishing the 5K, two people from each of the thirty countries go up on stage to hold their country’s sign and flag.”
Witcraft said she has been to Bonaire three times.
“Bonaire’s parade is like a baby Olympics with the presentation of the countries.”
Winner of the “Best Pet” award was Ruby Jean. According to owners Kelly and Christina Robertson, Ruby is a political candidate.
“She’s with the canine party – the ‘bark’ party,” laughed Christina.
Although the Robertson’s currently reside in Pryor, Kelly lived in Pawhuska forty years ago.
Winning the “Best Family” category were Jeffrey and Jamie Swan and their children, Brycen, Bryanna and 11-month Bryxlie. Bryanna sang the National Anthem for the flag pole rally. She will also be performing as a school girl in the Bartlesville Children’s Theater production, ‘A Little Princess’ July 18-21.
Also participating in the parade were the Red Hat Society “Company of Wayward Saints” members Vi Harris, Betty Stuart, Jo Johnson, Kathy Morris and Kathy Swan, Queen Mother.