ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- The Hillcrest community started off their 4th of July with a bang by putting on their 21st Hillcrest Neighborhood parade.
For Kay Istre, who has had a front row view of the parade for the past two decades, this will be her first one to celebrate without her husband, Elvis.
“I always sit right here, in the shade of my carport.” Explained Istre.
If they weren’t in the parade, each year, Ms. Kay and her husband enjoyed watching the kids, local law enforcement and familiar faces walk march down the street.
“People from church, people from the neighborhood, it’s just a fun time to come together.” Istre added.
The Hillcrest parade has become one of the most popular 4th of July celebrations in the city. So popular that Istre and her family have only missed two.
“We’ve only missed two, one we went to my brothers out in Missouri, and one my husband was in the hospital.”
But this year, she celebrated her husband’s favorite holiday without him.
“This is our first one without Elvis.”
After her husbands passing this past January, she knew the parade would mean more.
“This was a really big thing or Elvis, he always decorated to the max.”
Istre says they would hand out scarves, hats, or flags and anybody could come by and get one and wear in the parade.
“You know, running down the street to going in a motorized wheel chair, he did not let the strokes and Parkinson define him.”
While she watched the parade of people walk down the street this year, memories of Elvis came to life.
“He held on to his goals of living for Jesus and did a good job.”
Although Elvis may not be there psych, Kay believes the parade will forever remind her of her husband and his love for his community.
“It just has a special place in my heart.”