Jekyll Island only began the annual 4th of July parade tradition in 2015. Being a small community, the parade consists of people and pets dressed in patriotic colors, decorated bicycles, home-made golf cart “floats,” and a few official vehicles. The Jekyll Island Lions Club missed the first parade and made an effort to participate in the second.
This year, Lion C. J., First Vice President, donated the use of his golf cart and Lion Frank, Immediate Past President, loaned the use of his garage as the construction zone. Lions Cathy, Pete and C.J. brought patriotic decorations and the team used them to build a club float. On top of the golf cart they placed a large turtle wearing a Lions Club International cap; sea turtles being the unofficial mascots of the island. Patriotic ribbons, American flags and Lions Clubs International logos were hung on the front and sides of the cart. The back of the cart carried the club’s awards banner plus a collection box for used eye glasses. A quick test drive around the neighborhood ensured that everything would stay on the float while it was in motion.
Early on the 4th of July, Lions C.J. and Cathy drove the float to the parade staging area behind the Jekyll Island Museum. They lined up in the golf cart float section and were met by Lions Clubs Zone Chairman Ron, who handed them a large Lions flag! Lion Ron had driven down from Darien specifically to help out. Lion Ron and Lion Howard, Club Membership Chairman, walked alongside the float as it made its way down the parade route. Lion Pete took pictures from the sidelines. Not coincidentally, the 3 foot by 5 foot flags lining the route were put up by the Jekyll Island Lions Club as well. The parade ended at the judges’ podium and awards were handed out. The Lions did not win a ribbon, but everyone who participated enjoyed the event. Plans for a better float are already in the works for next year!
Special thanks to the Lions who put up and took down the flags along the parade route and through the rest of the Historic District, and at the Beach Village. They were Lion Mike, Club President; Lion Jim G., Flag Committee Chairman; Lion Howard and Lion Pete (taking the picture).