6/29/2013 11:13:00 AM Fourth of July parade and celebration in Camp Verde Camp Verde's Howard Parrish to be grand marshal
Longtime Camp Verde resident Howard Parrish will be grand marshal of Camp Verde’s Fourth of July Freedom Parade. The 85-year-old Parrish will be riding his quarter horse Buddy in the parade. VVN/Bill Helm
After the parade, the Camp Verde Marshal's Office will be collecting donations for the families of the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. CVMO will be set up at the ramada on Hollamon Street Thursday morning.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main St., will be open on the Fourth of July. Everyone is welcome to stop in. It's free.
CAMP VERDE - Howard Parrish has been living in Camp Verde for as long as anyone can remember. That is because the 85-year-old Parrish has called Camp Verde his home longer than just about anyone else.
Known by some as Mr. Camp Verde, Parrish will saddle up Buddy, his quarter horse, and take lead as grand marshal of Camp Verde's second Fourth of July Freedom parade. And Parrish says he is looking forward to it.
"It's a real honor and privilege to be grand marshal in the parade in my town," Parrish says. "I've been parade marshal for Fort Verde Days. It's a real honor to be grand marshal for the American Legion."
Camp Verde's second Independence Day celebration will be sponsored by the American Legion family of Post 93, Camp Verde Community Church and the Camp Verde Lions Club. Sharon Doran, unit president for Camp Verde American Legion unit 93, says she wanted the parade's grand marshal to be "basically homegrown."
"I chose Howard because of his long-time involvement in Camp Verde," Doran says. "And Howard's down to Earth. He's real people. He's very funny. He's been dedicated to the Town. And he's been part of the [Camp Verde] Cavalry."
Parrish and his wife Betty have lived in Camp Verde since 1957. Betty, born and raised in Camp Verde, had been living in Whittier, Calif. when they met in 1948. Besides his more than 50 years with the Camp Verde Cavalry, Parrish has been a member of the VFW, Masonic Lodge and American Legion.
The day's celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at the town Gazebo on Main Street. The parade, organized by American Legion Family of Post 93, will start at 10 a.m. from Ace Hardware and will travel through downtown Main Street.
After the parade, the America Legion will provide free hot dogs, chips and water. The Camp Verde Lions Club will sponsor an ice cream social at the Ramada. The Camp Verde Community Church will also be open, offering food and children's games.
Skunky Ron will be on hand to play live music during the day's events. The Camp Verde Lions Club will sponsor an antique car show at Fort Verde Plaza.
Parade applications are available at Town Hall or at the American Legion. For more information, contact Sharon Doran at 928-300-6826 or email@example.com.