ILLUSTRATION: An illustrated map shows the parade route for Saturday, April 13’s “A Golden Gallop” Parade to honor its 50th Anniversary. // Illustration courtesy of the City of Brentwood
By RACHAEL LONG
What do tractors, golden retrievers, high school bands and soccer clubs have in common?
They are all groups signed up to participate in the City of Brentwood’s “A Golden Gallop” parade.
Brentwood was incorporated as a city on April 15, 1969, and to celebrate, city leaders have planned a year full of celebratory events.
On April 13, the first of three large events will take place, as Maryland Farms is overtaken by parade floats, equestrian groups, antique automobiles and more.
It’s not everyday that Brentwood has a parade, and Community Relations Director Deanna Lambert wants to make sure everyone in the city gets an invitation.
“We are most certainly excited about the April 13th parade through Maryland Farms,” Lambert said. “It’s been a few years since Brentwood held a parade, so we hope the entire community attends.”
She encouraged residents and neighborhood groups to register floats early so the volunteer parade director has plenty of time to ensure the event goes off “without a hitch.”
Lambert said there are now about 35 groups signed up to participate, including presenting sponsor Tractor Supply Company, floats for the Brentwood Police and Fire Departments and several community groups.
One such group already registered is Bike Walk Brentwood, an arm of Bike Walk Tennessee which is a group of concerned citizens focused on advocacy, education and infrastructure for biking and walking.
As for the parade, Bike Walk Brentwood Chairman Richard Hunter said there’s no big float. Participants will simply be on foot — or on wheels.
“We’ll have our Bike Walk Brentwood banner in the lead, we’ll have volunteers and citizens in our Bike Walk Brentwood lime green shirts … and some will be on bikes,” Hunter said.
According to Hunter, the organization has been instrumental in helping push for more walking and biking paths — and their improved safety — in the city.
While advocacy is a large part of what the organization does, Hunter said the parade is a chance to give Bike Walk Brentwood more visibility in the community. He’s hoping for a turnout of at least 20-30 volunteers to walk.
“We want to celebrate Brentwood and our 50th anniversary and the great work our city leaders have done, historically, to make such a great community,” Hunter said.
To register for the Golden Gallop parade, visit the city’s 50th Anniversary website. The registration deadline is April 1, and the parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.
Volunteers are needed for parade set up, float coordination, route support and tear down/clean up. Contact the city at 615-371-0060 for more information.