SANFORD — Last week’s Independence Day Parade had bagpipers, Shriners, politicians, scouts, dancers, cyclists, and scorching temperatures in the high 80s.

The parade also had winners. Three of them.

Earlier this week, Sanford Parks and Recreation Director Alan Grady announced the three winners of the float contest that the city held as part of its parade on Main Street on July 4.

Evonik Cyro took first place in the competition for its patriotic float decorated with American flags and red, white and blue bunting on a boat.

T.W. Cole Post 19 of the American Legion emerged as the second-place winner with the trolley its members decorated. The trolley sported a banner that read “Celebrating Sanford’s 250 Years,” a nod to the parade’s theme of honoring the 250th anniversary of Sanford’s incorporation on Feb. 27, 1768. The banner also noted that this year marks the centennial anniversary of the local American Legion post. Throughout the parade, Legion members and their friends and families could be seen waving American flags out the window.

Evergreen Covenant Church took third place with its float, which featured two large puppets, one of the Statue of Liberty and the other of Uncle Sam, that stood at least 10 feet tall and were propped up by members of the congregation. Church member Austin Catalano could be seen a few steps ahead of the towering Uncle Sam, blowing bubbles into the crowds that lined Main Street.

The Sanford Fourth of July Committee presented all three winners with trophies.

“The committee wanted to recognize one nonprofit, one veterans’ group, and one overall winner for this year’s parade,” Grady said.

This Fourth of July was Grady’s first as the city’s new parks and recreation director. Grady succeeded longtime director Marcel Blouin, who retired after decades at the post earlier this year.