By RACHAEL LONG
Rain or shine, the City of Brentwood will kick off the first of three birthday celebrations next Saturday, April 13, as it honors the 50 years since its incorporation in 1969.
The parade, titled “A Golden Gallop,” begins promptly at 2 p.m. Because a parade is an untypical event for Brentwood residents, here’s what you need to know to avoid being caught at unexpected road closures or stuck without parking.
On the day of the parade, Brentwood Police will close all four lanes of traffic on Maryland Way from Ward Circle to Powell Place. Other roads along the parade route will close to traffic at 1:45 p.m. and will reopen once the parade concludes, according to information released by the city.
Parking for the public will be available at most vacant lots along Maryland Way businesses, south of Old Hickory Boulevard.
For parade participants, parking will be a little easier. Lots will be designated for those participating in the parade closer to Virginia Way. There are family-friendly and specific school meet-up locations designated on the parade map.
“We all know that our children love us, but they also really love their friends. These designated areas will make it more helpful for everyone to enjoy the day,” Parade Director Stallcup said in a press release.
The parade route is 1.5 miles long and begins on Virginia Way near Tractor Supply Company. It eventually loops back around, first heading north on Ward Circle, west down the eastbound lanes of Maryland Way, south on Powell Place and then back to Virginia Way.
The parade is expected to last about an hour, and includes more than 100 registered floats, including 20 equestrian groups, antique automobile clubs, both the Brentwood and Ravenwood High School marching bands, cheerleaders, ROTC, Boy and Girl Scout groups, businesses, and other specialty groups such as the Dancing Divas and the A+ Twirlers.
The parade’s Grand Marshal is Jim Redd, who is the city’s oldest living founder. He served one term as a Brentwood City Commissioner, from 1972-1974. He was part of the city’s first five-member board.
“I am so proud to have served on the committee to help incorporate Brentwood, which has grown into this beautiful city we celebrate today,” Redd said in a press release.
The parade is titled to remember the roots of the Maryland Farms area, which was once a horse farm owned by J. Truman Ward, according to the city. Organizers invite parade goers to “show us what’s golden about Brentwood” by dressing in their “golden best” for the event.
A VIP area for 50th Anniversary sponsors will be set up outside of Brentwood City Hall. It is thanks to its sponsors that Mayor Jill Burgin said the year’s celebratory events are free to the public.
Tractor Supply is this year’s presenting sponsor.
“Brentwood is thankful for such generous businesses and individuals who are eager to celebrate Brentwood at 50 years,” Burgin said in a press release.
City Hall will also be the headquarters for all 50th Anniversary memorabilia, where several commemorative items will be available for sale. Information about all sale items is available online, and all proceeds will go to city programs, such as historic preservation and parks. The city accepts cash, card and check for these items.
This year’s events have been organized by the Brentwood 50th Steering Committee. The next event, BrentFest, will be held at Crockett Park on Saturday, June 15 from 3-10 p.m. and will feature live music, a kids zone, and a beer garden area. For more information on these events or becoming a volunteer, visit www.brentwoodtn50.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.