Wimberley celebrates pride in community, country with 4th of July parade

Thousands of people in red, white and blue lined up early for a spot along the parade route in Wimberley.

"Since the flood it seems like we have come together more than ever," said Robin Williams, a Wimberley resident. Williams opened her doors to her best friend Mildred Lancaster after the flood destroyed the Lancaster family home.

"They've been with us six weeks," said Williams.

"We've been through quite a lot but the most amazing is all of the support," said Lancaster. The two have been friends for 40 years.

They had a prime seat near the town square to watch this year's parade. Organizers say this year marks the largest celebrations in years with 80 entries. The holiday falls just six weeks after the Blanco River flooded claiming lives and destroying homes. Before the parade started organizers took a moment to remember those who lost their lives and those who lost their belongings. They dedicated the day to the spirit of Wimberley.

The town proudly flies the American flag and as of late the Wimberley Strong flag. The slogan started in the hours and days following the flood. Now the words can be seen all around town on boards, t-shirts and flags.

"It makes me proud to know people from all over can see how strong we are. It's kind of like flying the American flag. I'm just proud to be in Wimberley and proud to be an American," said Williams.

The parade honored first responders, volunteers and veterans like Bob Corrigan.

"Our country is the greatest on the planet and to see people appreciate, show it and enjoy it is wonderful. It makes you realize everything was worth it," said Corrigon, 91. When he was 17 he signed up to serve just one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

For some the trip to town is a way to show support. "We came to visit Wimberley because we like this little town and to give back to the community is a way to ensure that the economy stays as it is," said Lori Munoz who drove in from Corpus Christi.

The celebration served as a distraction.

"I love that everyone is happy and seems to forget about their problems," said Williams.

Those who call Wimberley home say they wouldn't want to be anywhere else.