It's the USA's 236th birthday, and Americans coast to coast are celebrating the Fourth in perennially red, white and blue fashion.
A UFO was spotted before the Stars & Stripes Parade began. It turned out to be one of the Corpus Christi Army Depot's huge star balloons that had been brought out for the parade. It was similar to the big Macy's Day Parade balloons. The red and white stars did not fly away, and if anyone finds a big blue star, they can call CCAD to have them come and get it.
Once the parade began, people lined both sides of North Shoreline Blvd. to get an up-close look. Plenty of children were all dressed up and decked out in the red, white and blue.
Some 53 groups were in the parade, including KIII-TV Channel 3 News. The parade ran from the federal courthouse down to the old coliseum grounds. HEB also had a huge float that was a hit with everyone. The Buc Days float was another attraction that had everyone out there to help celebrate America's birthday.
"My family served in the military. My grandfather. My husband, who passed away, served in the military," said Andrea Richardson of San Antonio. "My mother was born on the Fourth of July, and so I think the parade is just practically an exciting way for us to come together and spend the day as a proud American."
"I think it's awesome to be at the beach in Corpus Christi and having fireworks, and being with your friends and family having a good time here," said Steve Brown, a visitor from Grand Prairie.
"The fireworks show tonight, I'm really looking forward to that," said Priscilla Herrera, a visitor from Beeville. "And the light show, so it should be good."
Herrera was talking about the lighting of the Harbor Bridge which, like this parade, is just one of a number of events on the Fourth of July that show that Corpus Christi is giving a full salute.
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