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Arlington July Fourth parade’s prizewinning entries

Rain, white and blue: Arlington parade celebrates Fourth of July

Crowds show support after rain delayed the start of the 2016 parade.
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Crowds show support after rain delayed the start of the 2016 parade.

A brief rain delay didn’t dampen the annual Arlington July Fourth parade, which drew thousands of spectators and entries of all sorts. Here’s a list of the entries that caught the judges’ eyes. Thanks to Donna Darovich of the Arlington 4th of July Parade Association, which puts on the event, for providing the list.

Mayor’s ​ Award​

Optimist Club of Arlington

Directors’ Award

Mansfield Sand & Select

Ruthe Jackson Memorial Award

SPJST Youth Club 183

Spirit Award


Grand Prize

Arlington-Mansfield YMCA Nature Explorers

Professionally​-Built Float

UT Arlington​


Youth Float

  • First place: SPJST Youth Club 183
  • Second place: Arlington–Mansfield Area YMCA Nature Explorers


  • First place: Juan Seguin High School
  • Second place: Sam Houston High School
  • Third place: Martin High School

Classic Cars Clubs

  • First place: Todd Batiste
  • Second place: Lone Star Region Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

Antique Vehicles

Perrine Family

Small Business

  • First place: Carnival Costumes
  • Second place: Jesse’s Roofing Service
  • Third place: MwF.Buildingsmith Llc.

Music Entry

  • First place: Arlington High School Alumni Band
  • Second place: Sam Houston High School Alumni Band

Novice Floats

  • First place: America Heritage Girls Texas 1221
  • Second place: Martin High School Football Booster Club


  • First place: Horsin’ Around in Texas Riding Club
  • Second place: Arlington Police Mounted Unit
  • Third place: North Texas Miniature Equestrian Driving Club

Unique Commercial

Texas Bike Cab

Unique Non-Commercial

  • First place: The World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvis
  • Second place: DFW Airport Public Safety
  • Third place: The Welcome Table Christian Church

Drill Team

  • First place: Martin High School Sundancers
  • Second place: Sam Houston High School Tex-Annes
  • Third place: EverDance Studio

Commercial Floats

  • First place: Texas Appliance
  • Second place: Arlington Board of Realtors
  • Third place: Fiesta Mart Llc.

Classic Car Club

  • First place: Al's Hamburgers and Friends
  • Second place: First Christian Church Arlington

Marching/Walking Unit

  • First place: Knights of Columbus
  • Second place: aRoundJoy ​HoopShackers
  • Third ​place: Mansfield Pickle Queens

Arlington resident Chris Berestecky proposed to Katie Price before the Arlington Fourth of July Parade