July 4th Parade
The first annual Waverly Subdivision parade was a huge success with over 100 men, women and children lining the streets. The colorful and well-known Mr. Frog was the Grand Marshall. He certainly enjoyed his “day in the sun,” what with all the attention and everyone wanting a picture taken with “Mr. Frog.”
Mr. Frog presides as Grand Marshall in the neighborhood 4th of July parade.
Mr. Frog leads patriotic parade through Waverly
(from an article by Charmain Z. Brackett, Correspondent for the Augusta Chronicle)
Mr. Frog doesn’t get many opportunities to climb down from the wall outside his Wheeler Road home. He will, however, to be Grand Marshall for a neighborhood parade in the Waverly subdivision July 4.
“I think he has really been overwhelmed,” said Sherri Rivers, who first placed the frog statue on her wall to ring in the new millennium. Mr. Frog has been perched on the wall ever since and has become an icon of sorts for the residents who pass by.
Mr. Frog’s costumes are changed with each season and Mrs. Rivers places greeting beside him.
Laura Evans, who lives in Waverly, said she thought a parade through the neighborhood on Independence Day would be a way to celebrate the holiday and bring neighbors together. “I thought it would be a fun tradition to start,” said Mrs. Evans, who has two children, Anne Travis Evans, 2, and Christopher Evans, 11 months old.
She applied for and received a permit from the city for the parade, and on Father’s Day her parents suggested asking Mr. Frog to serve as the Grand Marshall. “My parents live not far from the Rivers,” she said. “We have passed (Mr. Frog) for years.”
Mrs. Evans said she hopes parents and children will decorate bikes and wagons and walk in the parade. Refreshments will be provided to participants after the parade, Mrs. Evans said.
In honor of the occasion, a special Grand Marshall outfit is being created for Mr. Frog, Mrs. Rivers said, and he will be at the head of the parade in specially marked transportation.