Sunday cartoon: Buckleupallofus giant balloon parade showcases


BURRILLVILLE – Buckleupallofus giant balloon parade showcases reminding tens-of-thousands of kids, teens and adults to buckle up for safety this 4th of July weekend, take place in popular annual parades in the state of Massachusetts. Bucky, as the kids like to call him, will be safely restrained in his dinosaur tail seatbelt as he rides on the top of a flatbed vehicle transport truck provided by Lynch’s Towing from Brockton, Mass.

Bucky will be appearing in two holiday weekend parades this year. The first parade will be held in the town of Randolph, Mass. starting at 6 p.m. tonight. It will begin at the Higashi School and travel through the town’s 1.3 mile parade route, ending at the Randolph High School. This popular 4th of July eve parade will be watched by more than 20,000 spectators attending this festive event in a community in the South Shore area and near the city of Boston.

The actual 4th of July day parade will be held in the town of Milford, Mass. with more than 10,000 spectators in attendance. This annual holiday event starts at the IHOP Restaurant located on Medway Road at 10 a.m. and travels through that community parade route, ending at Draper Park on Main Street.

Buckleupallofus was a huge attraction at the recent Memorial Day Parade held in the town of Avon, Mass. Shortly after that parade showcase, numerous requests started coming in from other towns and communities across New England that wanted to feature the giant Bucky Balloon in their upcoming parades, festivals, fairs and family events.

Bucky’s event showcases have been scheduled through the end of this year and early next year, with more requests being received on a weekly basis from all across the region including the state of New York, Chicago, California, Florida and Minnesota. Most of those requests are sent from police and fire departments as well as community groups and organizations. The demand for Buckleupallofus balloon showcase attractions and product give-aways for kids to take home with them featuring coloring cartoons and characters educating them about their safety is unbelievable. Parades offer a fantastic opportunity to reach tens-of-thousands of kids in just one venue that is also complimented by the many classic car and truck shows, race tracks, community events and live radio broadcast events Bucky attends throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons every year. In fact, Bucky leads the long line of classic cars and trucks, along with antique vehicles, down these parade routes.

This very popular vehicle and child passenger safety character mascot is in a perfect position to encourage kids, teens and adults to always buckle up while appearing in parades because so many spectators attend these events throughout the year. Children Across America staff and volunteers provide all of the kids attending these parades with thousands of Bucky child passenger safety and kids in hot cars prevention coloring posters, stickers and fridge magnets while walking down both sides of the parade route and their exhibition at the final destination.

This Sunday Cartoon features one of those Bucky safety coloring cartoons being distributed at both of these 4th of July weekend parades. Buckleupallofus, the red, white and blue kids safety dinosaur with a seatbelt for a tail giant balloon, towers over anything appearing at these parades and events. Bucky leaves a lasting impression about vehicle safety, especially, regarding little kids. Add thousands of handed out take home Bucky safety coloring posters and products going home with them, and you have a great safety campaign that stays on everyone’s mind. Bucky giant balloon photos and coloring posters will be popping up on social networks, in emails and displayed on kids bedroom walls and family refrigerators everywhere this year. Just imagine how many lives will be positively influenced by this big blue dinosaur with a friendly smile and a seatbelt for a tail. Thousands of kids and families are going to be reminded to always Buckleupallofus.

Have a very happy and safe 4th of July everyone! 

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide

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