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Parade rolls through Barrett Station

July 22, 2018

A Humvee pulling an airboat, a trailer with the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees on it, and a red pickup truck with members of the Crosby Big Red Machine marching band in its bed were among the sights that the people who lined Crosby Lynchburg Road beheld.

The Barrett Station Civic League’s 32nd annual Barrett Station Homecoming parade made its way down the road on the morning of Saturday, July 21, as residents, many of whom had brought lawn chairs, watched.

The purpose of the parade is to promote the legacy of the community and the legacy of its founder, Harrison Barrett,” said Jerry Bluitt, the president of the BSCL.

Barrett Station was founded when seven black families moved here in 1875, shortly after the emancipation of Texas slaves in 1865.

He said it’s an event that everybody looks forward. He said that some former residents who are living in other parts of the country plan their vacations to coincide with the homecoming parade.

“It’s a tradition. I don’t know how else to explain it,” Bluitt said. “They’re proud of their community and want to see the parade. I guess you would call it a community pride day.”

Paraders, which included several local groups, such as students from Drew Elementary School, threw out candy along the parade route to eagerly awaiting children of all ages.

The parade caps off six days of homecoming festivities.

“We want to build on it to where we attract other people, tourists,” said Bluitt. “The ultimate goal is to keep building and expanding it, so we’re trying to find ways to pull interest in the community

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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