Floats, marching bands, bicycles and church and youth groups will celebrate Independence Day in Gahanna.

Floats, marching bands, bicycles and church and youth groups will celebrate Independence Day in Gahanna.

Gahanna Independence Day organizers expect the 90-minute parade to step off from Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 South Hamilton Road, at 10:30 a.m. July 4.

Organizer Frank Treadway said the Gahanna Lions Club has coordinated the holiday parade since 1946. The theme of the 2011 parade is "Special People."

The theme is especially close to his heart, Treadway said, because he has a daughter with Down syndrome.

"She was in one of the first graduating classes from Gahanna for handicap," he said. "The purpose is not to flaunt these people. They have the same wants and desires of everyone else. They just want to be treated like all others."

He said he a few handicapped Gahanna students who graduated together would be in the parade.

"They were in the Special Olympics, and they are all out of school and working," he said. "I don't know exactly how many handicapped (people) will participate."

Overall, Treadway said, he anticipates a well-rounded parade.

Entries already registered include the Gahanna Lincoln High School marching band, Heartland Bank, the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation, CD 101, several local churches, a military troop and bicyclists.

Awards will be handed out for best float and for best kids bicycle.

The winners will be recognized at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road.

Parade participants will assemble in the high school parking lot at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4. Fire trucks and antique cars will assemble by 10 a.m.

The parade route will travel from Lincoln High School to Gahanna Middle School West, 350 N. Stygler Road.

The parade will not be delayed because of rain, but it would be postponed for lightning, Treadway said.

Anyone wanting to participate in the parade must submit an application to Treadway as soon as possible. Applications are available at Gahanna City Hall or by calling Treadway at (614) 855-1291.