Roy Parade Set for Independence Day

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 6/28/22

On the Fourth of July, patriotism will be on full display in Roy as the Lacamas Community Center holds its annual parade.

Last year, the parade featured more than 100 participants and over 400 …

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Roy Parade Set for Independence Day

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On the Fourth of July, patriotism will be on full display in Roy as the Lacamas Community Center holds its annual parade.

Last year, the parade featured more than 100 participants and over 400 spectators turned out to watch. 

“It doesn’t matter how much stress goes into putting on this event,” organizer Holly Wood said. “For those of us that have a lot of patriotic pride, we love it.”

Participants can line up at the Roy Rodeo Grounds at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and the parade begins at noon. It will go from the rodeo grounds to Warren Street, then to First Street, and to James Street and back to the rodeo grounds. There is no fee, but participants do need to sign a form.

“Anyone can participate as long as they show up to the rodeo grounds before 11,” Wood said, “We’re one of the few parades left that still toss candy.”

Following the parade, there will be a potluck picnic at Roy City Park, organized by Carol Dittbenner.

The parade itself usually features a large collection of horse groups, classic cars, dump trucks, members of the Roy Lions and more. Wilcox Farms is also slated to bring their classic trucks. The Pierce County Fair Princesses are expected to be there as well.



Wood said the parade, after taking a hiatus during the pandemic, continues to get larger each year.

“Last year as far as entries it was probably equal to 2019 or a little bit bigger,” Wood said. “Some people bring their riding lawn mowers, some people bring their bicycles. This year the hope is it will continue to get bigger.”

The Lacamas Community Center gives out plastic bags with flyers to the kids in attendance so they can snag candy. They typically hand out around 300 bags each year.

“I think for this community this is one of the most special events that goes on,” Wood said. “There will be games at the park during the potluck and it’s really for people who haven’t seen each other in a while. It’s a chance to come together.”

There will be awards for best float, best group, classic car and most unique entry for the parade. Usually, the judge is someone from the crowd who is picked to make the choice for the honors.

The Yelm Legion Honor Guard will lead the parade and plenty of Fourth of July festivities are sure to follow.

For more information, email lacamasfair@gmail.com.

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