Students from Williams/Ledger Elementary School in Copperas Cove wave to spectators from their “Up” float during the Rabbit Fest parade through downtown Copperas Cove Saturday morning.

By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE — Avenue D was filled with rabbits, color, residents, laughs and cheers during the 2011 Rabbit Fest Parade Saturday.

“I think the parade was awesome,” said Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce vice president. “You could see people lined up three blocks that way and three blocks that way.”

There were about 40 floats and marching groups in the parade this year and onlookers like the Fredericks were excited to watch it.

The Fredericks stepped out curbside to see the parade stroll through town with the entire family including their parrot, Sweet Pea.

“Our son is in the parade,” Donna Fredericks said, adding the family came to the parade last year as well.

“He is in the high school band,” Scott Fredericks said of their son.

Brandie Fredericks, 12, just wanted to see what the band would do on Avenue D.

Other local school groups included the Hettie Halstead Elementary School step team, the Copperas Cove High School Cheerleaders and the Copperas Cove JROTC.

Local performers, groups, businesses and even Rabbit Fest vendors participated in the parade.

Antonette Kerr brought her son, Liam, to see all the floats and marchers in the parade, and she was glad she did, she said. “(The parade) was very entertaining.”

Simply Green, a part of the 1st Cavalry Band, took the stage to warm-up the crowd before the parade began.

The band played several pop music songs during the parade and were heading to Rabbit Fest to perform later in the day.