1st Annual Independence Parade for Perry

11:15 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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A few hundred people braved the triple digit heat in Perry Sunday, and managed to witness the Perry Chamber of Commerce's first annual Independence Parade just before the storms blew in.

The heat didn't stop the red, white and blue from marching down Main Street and 13WMAZ's Frank Malloy set up shop to take it all in at the New Perry Hotel.

"We got a lot of folks turning out today considering the weather, and I salute them, yes indeed a lot of patriotism in Central Georgia," Malloy said.

Around 75 units made up the parade, featuring Grand Marshall, David Ragin. Number thirty-four raced in Kentucky Saturday and hoped on a plane to show his support in Perry Sunday.

Angie Johnson was the Celebrity Marshall of the parade. Johnson was a member of the Air Force Reserve Band and also a contestant on NBC's "The Voice".

Senator Ross Tolleson and State Representatives, Larry O'Neal and Robert Dickey showed their patriotism in the parade.

Perry Mayor, Jimmy Faircloth and several emergency responders also showed their pride.

The Band of the Air Force Reserve's Bag Pipe Band filled Perry with their tunes.

"This group has performed all over the world and for every president since President Eisenhower."

Marines marched down Main and Corporal Tony Mullis, the Semper Fi who lost both of his legs from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, had a front row seat in the parade. 

And to ring in Independence Day, Uncle Sam closed out the parade.

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