LUTZ - More than 80 floats and marching units including Scouts and school groups will be featured Thursday at the annual Lutz Independence Day Parade.
The 10 a.m. parade, which begins at Oscar Cooler Park, 770 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road, and travels east along the road, is just one of the activities of the old-fashioned celebration.
The other events, at the Lutz Train Depot on U.S. 41 at Lutz-Lake Fern Road, start at 7:30 a.m. with registration opening for a cake-baking contest.
A 5K race starts at 8 a.m. with awards for male and female top finishers and age group winners. A 1-mile fun run follows the race.
The flag-raising ceremony is at 9 a.m. and race awards are presented at 9:30 a.m.
After the parade, trophies will be presented to participants and the new Guv'na of Lutz will be sworn in.
The candidates are Karin D'Amico, Suzin Carr, Susan Gulash and Lauren Leahy. The candidates earn votes through money raised and all funds are awarded as grants to local organizations.
Throughout the day, vendors will offer food, drinks and handcrafted items. There will be children's games.
This year there will be no traditional barbecue dinner; instead hamburgers, hot dogs and Cuban sandwiches will be available for purchase.
For information about the event, call (813) 949-1937. For information about the race, which is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile run, call (813) 949-6659.
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