Our Town Cedar Falls - A Parade of Pride
CEDAR FALLS - The city of Cedar Falls does not have a Fourth of July parade. So the residents living on Abraham Drive decided to take matters into their own hands.
"There's not a lot of neighborhoods that do something like this. If you don't do something, the 4th of July becomes just another holiday."
It all started 16 years ago.
"I remember asking- 'If we had a parade, would anyone come?' And they all had little kids so they thought it was a great idea," said resident, Janet Kahler.
At first, it was for the kids. They decorated their bikes and pets and marched down the street. But the parade grew into something the adults could enjoy too. The women who live on the street choreograph a lawn chair routine. And the men synchronize their lawn mowers. It's a parade with very few on-lookers. Because everyone who lives on the horse-shoe shaped street is in the parade. Something new this year, the neighborhood invited Alex Chukwuka, newly sworn-in U.S. citizen to ride in a car in the parade.
It's Alex's first Fourth of July as a citizen. He's from Nigeria and says he is happy for the welcome.
"It's great to say I'm a U.S. citizen," said Alexius Chukwuka.
The neighborhood kids have grown up and some neighbors have come and gone, but the parade is a tradition that has stuck around.
"When you build community within your neighborhood, you have a safer community, you have a more friendly community, you have a neighborhood that watches out for each other."
And the neighbors think that's something pretty unique.
"It's just a very supportive neighborhood. If someone needs something, I feel like we're there. When someone moves in, I feel like we greet them very nicely. It's just a great place to live," said Kahler.