The Sun Lakes Recreation Department put together another spectacular Independence Day party for residents and their families this year.

The festivities started in the clubhouse parking lot at 9 a.m. where parade participants displayed their elaborately decorated golf carts.

This year’s theme was “American Pride”, and there three dozen patriotic entries.

Many of the participants got into the spirit by getting into costume as well.

About a dozen classic cars were also on display as the music of Tin Man’s Heart emanated from the front of the clubhouse.

Just before 10, the local VFW presented the colors, the Precision Stardust Dancers performed, the Sun Lakes Barbershop Chorus sang the national anthem, and the winners for best entries were announced, kicking off the annual Sun Lakes Fourth of July parade.

It was a tough decision this year as there were so many wonderful creations that captured the spirit of the theme.

First Place in the Cart category was “Register to Vote” by Joanne Hemingway.

The winner in the Float category was Pam Glatt with “George Washington.”

Enthusiastic and appreciative crowds lined the parade route from Country Club Drive to Riviera and back again.

Many of the participants interacted with the crowd, yelling “Happy Fourth,” throwing candy for the kids, or spraying the fans with super-soakers.

All in all, it was a cool way to spend the Fourth, and Mother Nature cooperated with temps in the low 80’s.

Thanks to the staff and the residents who worked so hard to put it together.

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