The annual Frisco Community Parade was blessed with great weather and wonderfully cooperative participants this year, report the members of the Community Parade Committee.
In spite of construction near Toyota Stadium, the antique cars bearing the community’s honored veterans, the trailers carrying the football teams, the floats, bands, and even Santa made it into line in the right order and down Main Street Frisco pretty much on schedule.
The Parade Marshal for this year's event was Lee Myrben, a Navy veteran and former Post Commander of VFW Post 8273, who has also served as a liaison to the mayor's office for veterans’ issues. He has helped spearhead an effort to honor Frisco veterans who lost their lives serving their country and to expand the City of Frisco's Veterans Memorial at Frisco Commons with a walk of honor. Myrben has worked closely with civic organizations such as the Frisco Garden Club, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and others.
The Frisco Community Parade has its roots in the Frisco High School Homecoming Parade. When the City of Frisco became larger and had more than one high school, the parade was restyled as the Community Parade and set on the weekend closest to Veterans Day. It serves as a community celebration honoring veterans and showcasing all the high school football teams, bands, drill teams, cheerleaders and more.
About 75 groups entered the parade this year. The proceeds from the entry fees paid by businesses and clubs to take part in the parade help fund scholarships to Frisco ISD students.
This year’s top three winners will have their name attached to a Frisco Education Foundation scholarship. They were announced during the parade with a banner of honor that went before each entry on Main. They include:
Christie Elementary – Mayor’s Award Scholarship
Carroll Elementary – Superintendent’s Award Scholarship
Rotary (noon) – Parade Marshal’s Award
Among other awards presented by judges to parade participants were:
The Parade Judges Award – Heritage High School
Most Creative Entry – Legacy Christian Academy
Best Theme – Rotary (sunrise)
FISD Spirit Award – Lebanon Trail High School
End Zone Excellence Award – Lone Star High School
Boys of Fall Award – Independence High School