July 5, 2018

Hatteras Village Shows Its Patriotic Spirit
at 6th Annual Golf Cart Parade


Hatteras 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.

The 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.

“After 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.”

Though 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 holiday.

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.

“We’re 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 freaks.”

Santa 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.

The 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.

“This 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.”

Though 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.

Lasting just 30 minutes or so at most, many longtime spectators attested that the 2018 parade was easily one of the best ones yet.

“Everyone 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 of July.”

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!

Special 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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