The 77th annual Faith 4th of July parade rolls on despite withdrawal of some sponsors

(Faith, NC is proof and shows how. Sometimes, you just have to stand up to anti-Southern bigots who want to come in and hold their cash over your heads. And Yes, the SCV marched as usual. I’m sure counselors were available for anyone who was triggered… – DD)

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(WBTV) – The 77th annual 4th of July parade in the Rowan County town of Faith stepped off this morning in front of tens of thousands of spectators. Each year the weeklong celebration is one of the biggest in the state.

This year though, organizers had to deal with the loss of some of event’s main corporate sponsors. Food Lion, Novant Health, and several others pulled their sponsorship over Confederate imagery in the parade last year.

More than three hours before the parade started there were hundreds of chairs already in place, including Diane Johnson’s.

“At 5 to 7…my husband drops us off, our chairs are set up and I just enjoy sitting here and relaxing,” Johnson said.

At 10, it got underway with the long and loud firetruck parade, the formal presentation of the colors by the Veterans Honor Guard, and then some of the familiar entries including the very popular Shriners with bagpipes and drums playing Amazing Grace, and what says America more than a walking taco?

There was a difference this year with some of the major sponsors pulling out after last year’s parade. A group protesting the presence of the Confederate flag and the firing of rifles in the parade wrote letters to sponsors urging them to withdraw.

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