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May 14, 2003

Valdosta - It's not your typical parade. There's no floats or marching bands, but a line of decorative wheelchairs. "The residents love it because it gives them a chance to get out and show their creativity," said Chuck Roberts, Heritage House Administrator.

Each nursing home has three entries in the parade. There were cartoon characters, to super heroes and even sports fanatics "It took about three hours to come up with the idea, but we decided I'd be Captain America. "We used bed railings for my wings and decorated it red, white, and blue," said Lester Griffin, Nursing Home Patient.

With so many creative contestants, it was a tough decision for the judges. "They're all so great, its really hard," said Cynthia Diamond, Judge.

But only four could win. This year's champions were the Lake Haven Beauty Queen, Star Trek, The Mad Doctor, and Princess Under the Sea. "It makes me feel young again," said Doris Reiselt, Nursing Home Patient.

The top four wheelchairs each received a gift bag, along with the winning titles they'll hold until next year's parade.

posted at 2:00 by ashley.harper@walb.com