village was brimming with patriotism on the 4th of July, courtesy of
the 6th annual Golf Cart Parade which cruised along N.C. Highway 12 in
a blaze of red, white, and blue.
parade, which began in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island
Cancer Foundation, has grown over the years, and attracted many repeat
entries which included both locals and vacationers.
we came for the 4th of July last year, we were hooked,” said Jen
Sullivan who, (along with her family), had a ride outfitted with
patriotic décor and a 6 ˝ foot inflatable eagle affectionately named
Teddy Roosevelt. “Last year, we had a pitiful display, so we had to
step it up this year… and we had 364 days to plan.”
both decorated and unadorned carts are welcome to participate in the
parade, all 34 entries in this year’s event were decked out for the
Culpepper and Rawls families, who were parade winners last year, had an
intricate two-cart theme. The lead golf cart was transformed into a
boat, the “USS Freak,” which had hooked and was pulling the second golf
cart – which was altered into a fish.
going to try to be champions again,” they said. “The USS Freak [got its
name] because whenever we get together and hang out, we call each other
Claus even made an appearance in the parade, complete with Mrs. Claus
riding shotgun, and a bubble machine that set a festive tone at the
start of the parade.
34 entries were a mix of locals, repeat visitors, and first-timers, and
it was clear that everyone brought their A-game – and a boatload of
spirit – to the festivities. Also spotted within the patrol of golf
carts was an inflatable unicorn, a giant rubber ducky, Uncle Sam in
golf cart-form, and even a friendly and waving sea turtle, courtesy of
the Hatteras Island Ocean Center.
is our first time in the parade,” said visitor Jay Wiles of
Mooresville, N.C. “We met some people fishing down here, and heard
about it through word of mouth, so here we are.”
the parade cruised quickly along N.C. Highway 12 on its route from
Teach’s Lair Marina to Eagle Pass Road, spectators along the roadside
got plenty to cheer about, with music blaring, streamers glittering in
the sun, and plenty of creativity throughout.
just 30 minutes or so at most, many longtime spectators attested that
the 2018 parade was easily one of the best ones yet.
was ‘dressed up’ this year, and you could tell they all put in a lot of
effort” said one onlooker and longtime visitor. “That’s why we come
every year. It really is a great way to get into the spirit of the 4th
Golf Cart Parade Winners:
Most Humorous: Lyle Ritter for Santa on Hatteras Island
Most Patriotic: Ethan Bachelor for Red, white and blue display
Most Creative: The Rawls and Culpepper families, for USS Freak
Special Eagle Has Landed Americana Award: The Sullivan family; Awarded because the float was fun and patriotic, and the judges felt it just needed recognition!
Thanks to the sponsors of the parade who donated gift certificates that
were awarded as prizes: Harbor Deli, Lee Robinson General Store,
Breakwater Restaurant, Hatteras Parasail
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