Golf Cart Parade Cruises into Hatteras Village on July 4
By JOY CRIST
Celebrating its sixth
consecutive year in 2018, the annual Golf Cart Parade will be
brightening the streets of Hatteras village on July 4 at 5 p.m.
The yearly event began
in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, and
attracted roughly a dozen carts that were decked out in patriotic and
appropriately coastal themes. Once it became clear that the parade was
something that garnered interest among locals and visitors alike, the
parade became an annual celebration, with more and more folks
participating with decked-out golf carts of all varieties.
As the parade grew over
the years, so did the route. This year, the carts will line up at
Teach's Lair Marina and will ride all the way through the village, down
Eagle Pass Road, and back to Teach's. Anyone stationed along the
southern section of N.C. Highway 12 will have a great view of the
action, which tends to get more ornate and elaborate with every year.
The rules are lax for
entering and enjoying the parade, too. Anyone who has a cart and a dose
of creativity is welcome to join in the fun, and spectators are
encouraged to head to Hatteras village to cheer on their favorites.
“The Golf Cart Parade
is one of my favorite things to work on, because it's laid back and
informal,” said parade organizer Karla Jarvis. “Most folks who
participate just show up, and that's okay! Anybody and everybody is
invited to participate - residents and visitors. Most people decorate
their carts for the 4th, but the ‘minimalist look’ works for us, too!”
Plans are already in
the works for next year’s parade, and it’s hoped that 2019’s event will
be a kick off for some additional evening events for the village’s
Independence Day celebration.
Meanwhile, for this
year, everyone is welcome to head to the heart of the village, (with or
without a colorful golf cart on hand), and join in the fun of what is
quickly becoming one of Hatteras’ favorite summertime events.