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See how Cresswind at Lake Lanier celebrates July 4 with golf cart parade
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Residents of Cresswind at Lake Lanier ride in their Independence Day golf cart parade, an annual holiday tradition at the active adult community on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by Megan Reed

The streets of Cresswind at Lake Lanier celebrated Independence Day with a golf cart parade featuring neighborhood residents.

The parade included 31 golf carts with residents and their families, along with an antique fire truck leading the way through the active adult community on Browns Bridge Road.

Chris Teer attended the parade with Lois Cartier and their two dogs, Lily and Piper. They have lived in Cresswind for 5 1/2 years and enjoy going to the parade every year.

“When we first did it, everybody had a few little decorations, but now people are really competitive,” Teer said. “They’ll have full-sized flags and helium balloons ... music and all kinds of things. The more residents we have here, the more creative people get.”

Mark LaClaire, Cresswind’s lifestyle director, said Tuesday that the event has become a tradition for residents and their families. After the parade, residents can stop by the clubhouse for lunch at a food truck.

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An American flag is planted along the street at Cresswind at Lake Lanier during the Independence Day golf cart parade, an annual holiday tradition at the active adult community on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by Megan Reed
“They just love to do it, especially if they have grandkids visiting. The grandkids love to watch the parade and they’ll all come down to the clubhouse afterward,” he said.

Doug Geganto, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost five years, attended the parade with his grandchildren. It is an annual tradition for the family, and he has been in the parade in past years. Geganto said he loves seeing neighbors’ creative golf cart decorations.

“It’s just amazing. You sit down and just think of what you want to put on it ... and it just comes out looking great,” he said.

Geganto also organizes the neighborhood’s flag club, which helps keep Cresswind patriotic throughout the year. The club of about 45 people places flags at all homes in the neighborhood for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Sept. 11 and Veterans Day.

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