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This year’s Fourth Of July parade will be online and feature community members submitted entries. (File photos by Frank Cardenas)

The City of Kingsville annual 4th of July Parades and Celebrations, which celebrate the founding of Kingsville, Naval Air Station Kingsville and the United States, will be virtual this year.

This year is city’s 116th birthday and NAS-Kingsville’s 78th anniversary.

Due to concerns from COVID-19, city officials decided to make this year’s festivities virtual.

The pre-edited parade will make its debut at 10 a.m. on the Kingsville Visitor’s Center Facebook page.

The parade will include  photo and videoentries from community members, which are entered into different categories for prizes.

Each year, the parade includes participants on bikes, with pets and general entrants who sport their best decorations and costumes for the celebration.

The General and Home award categories include:

The Mayor’s award; Most Patriotic; Best Decorated Vehicle; Most Spirited; and Best Decorated Home.

Pet parade categories include:

Most Patriotic; Best Family Entry; Best Look Alike; Most Original; and Judge’s Choice.

The Bike parade categories include:

Most Patriotic Girl, Boy and Adult; Most Original Décor; Best Family Participation; Best Wagon; and Best Group Participation.

There is also a facemask decorating contest.

The Rotary Club of Kingsville also donated $50 gift cards to be given to 12 military members at random.

All the winners will be announced on Facebook live at noon on July 4.

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