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2014 Parade of Homes is a Different Kind of Mother's Day Tradition

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A number of Bay County residents spent this Mother's Day chasing dreams of big homes and new ideas for decorating, The Parade of Homes is here again. A tradition for more than 20 years.

"You know honestly I don't think we thought about it as being something different, it was just something we started doing and we've been doing it ever since", said Susan Wise, attending the parade with her mom. For as long as they can remember, this mother daughter duo always looks forward to Mother's Day. Her mother Susie Seymour said, "we are doing our traditional Mother's Day tour of the Parade of Homes."

The Parade of Homes is hosted by the Bay Building Industries Association each year. "You don't think about certain places in Bay County until you have Parade of Homes, like this area, we would've never gone to had Parade of Homes not had a home here. You get different ideas you never thought about if you didn't have Parade of Homes, so I think it's a great thing for the community", said Wise. 
Builder Cathy McClellen said, "we are members of the builders association here and this is one of the ways they help to promote us as local builders."

Cathy McClellen built a house on this years route, and she's selling it for $170,000. "This house had burnt down tragically but it had just sat here so we came in and made it pretty", said McClellen. "I haven't really let anybody in because we weren't done, so (Sunday) is really the first day we let people in and shown it and I think I have a buyer already so I'm excited."

"Susan: We like to look at the kitchens, the different layouts of the kitchen, and how certain things are designed. Susie: and the bathroom, she found the perfect bathroom over there." Getting ideas for kitchen layouts or checking out knick knacks, mother and daughter are just happy to spend this day together.

The Parade of Homes started Sunday, 19 homes around the county will be open to the public until next Sunday. You can find the program online or at an area Publix.