Volunteers from the Woodbridge and Manassas campuses took part in the 46th Annual Dale City Fourth of July Parade. The group included Provost Sam Hill (WO); Business Manager Mike Blackwell (WO); NOVA Police Officer Glenda Johnson; Dean of Learning Technology and Resources Rolando Garcia (WO); Campus and Community Relations Specialists Heather Witmer (WO) and Ramunda Young (MA); Event Coordinator Michelle Urhan (WO); and many more staff and students. Many from the group brought along family members to make it a nice memorable family event.
“This was the first year that both the Woodbridge and Manassas campuses marched in the parade together. I really believe it shows yet another sign of solidarity for our area communities and Prince William as a whole,” Young said.
The parade is a local favorite with more than 150 participants including marching bands from Gar-Field High School and Hylton High School, fire trucks from local stations, and the Quantico Marine Corp Band and color guard. This year there were additional floats sponsored by local candidates gearing up for the election season. The parade route was about two miles long and approximately 2,000 people were in attendance. The NOVA float included the NOVA van, police car and decorated work truck. The group handed out promotional items, Get Started brochures, and bottles of water and fans to help beat the heat.
The parade is sponsored by Supervisor John Jenkins (Neabsco District). His wife, Ernestine Jenkins, chairs the parade committee.