The Community Roundtable gives awards for the top floats, units and performances at the Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade.
This year, 11 awards were given — one more than last year.
The new award, for “Best Musical Marching Unit,” was given to the unit comprised of marching band and color guard representatives from both Bloomingdale and Brandon high schools.
The award for “Best Marching Unit” was given to the Brandon Broncos.
The Brandon Broncos were one of three units that received awards both this year and last.
The Broncos in 2013 took home the award for “Best Youth Cheerleaders,” which this year went to the Valrico Rams.
The Rough Riders were awarded “Best Krewe” this year and “Most Unusual Vehicle” last year, which this year went to Truly Nolen, for its lineup of yellow, themed vehicles.
Dance Quest International was recognized for “Best Theme” this year, and “Best Amateur Performance” last year, which this year went to the Brandon Ravens.
In keeping with the parade’s theme — “Celebrating Brandon High’s 100th Anniversary” — Dance Quest dancers dressed in maroon and white, the colors for Brandon High, and wore shirts with the letter “V” for “victory.”
More specifically, the parade paid tribute to the 1914 founding of the Brandon School, the precursor to today’s Brandon High. The Brandon School enrolled students in grades 1-12 and was in operation on what is today’s McLane Middle School campus.
Best amateur and professional floats went to first-time entrant Winthrop Arts Inc. and perennial favorite Tampa Electric Company ,respectively.
“Best Decorated Vehicle” was awarded to Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling.
“Best Musical Vocal” was awarded to 4 Heart Harmony.
The Community Roundtable was set to give the awards July 9 at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association. Also at the event, the newly seated honorary mayor of Brandon, Liz Brewer, and her sole opponent, Judy Moore, were to present their charity checks. Brewer raised $33,175 on behalf of the Brandon Foundation, the Women’s Resource Center and the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation. Moore raised $22,355.70 on behalf of Center Place.
Each year, 10 percent of the charity race’s proceeds are allocated to the not-for-profit Community Roundtable, which runs the annual mayor’s race, parade and Community Affairs Dinner. The group also awards the annual Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, Nonprofit of the Year, Father of the Year, and Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship honorees.
The winners each year are invited to ride as dignitaries in the parade. The 2014 honorees were Dave Braun, the Brandon Elks Lodge, John Rog and Derek Frantz, respectively.