The 2014 Northland Community Council's Independence Day Parade will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
That's to ensure it doesn't begin prematurely again, committee Chairwoman Sandy LaFollette said at last week's council session. She said a police officer inadvertently got the first units in the 2013 event going while other entrants were still being lined up.
The theme for this year's parade, which was inaugurated in the Forest Park neighborhood in 1963, is "Honoring Our American Heroes: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Roaring into the Future." The NCC event is often referred to as the largest community sponsored Fourth of July parade in the state.
Scott Clinger, one of the community liaison officers serving the Northland area, has agreed to be the grand marshal, LaFollette said. His colleague, officer Larry Geis, will escort him along the parade route.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, who has made walking in the parade a tradition, has already sent in his entry fee, LaFollette said.
She also reported that five of the 10 Hadler Cos. grants to help community organizations decorate floats for the parade have been awarded.
Planning is going well, according to LaFollette.
"We're ahead of our goals for the date," she said.
She said she and others on the committee are working to get additional veterans organizations to participate in this year's parade.
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LaFollette said more volunteers are always needed on the day of the event to help line up entrants and clean up along the route afterward.