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Okeechobee Labor Day parade: Marching to its own beat into its next century

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. - Hundreds of participants took part in the annual Okeechobee Labor Day Parade.  This year marking it’s 50th anniversary.

"The parade was started basically because of the rodeo.  We had a Labor Day Rodeo and so the Cattlemen held a parade to go along with the rodeo,” said Okeechobee City Councilman Dowling Watford.

There was concern the parade would end a few years ago after the Cattlemen’s Association backed out.  But other groups stepped forward, including the Building Relationships Among Teens Club (BRAT).

The parade is an important way to keep teens involved in their city.

“Today shows everyone’s spirit, the community comes together.  The residents build their banners and their floats and everyone wants to give the residents of Okeechobee a really good time to see what our town is all about,” said Teresa Bishop/with the BRAT Club.

The city is celebrating 100 years in existence this year.  A city far removed from the urban sprawl along the coast, and proud to showcase what makes it different.

“Okeechobee is a unique community.  I always tell everybody this is the real Florida, ” added Teresa.

Marching to its own beat into its next century. 

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