Upper Arlington News

UACA plans April 11 July Fourth float workshop


The Upper Arlington Civic Association will announce the theme of this year's July Fourth parade at a float workshop April 11 at the main branch of the Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Road.

The "Float Builders' Workshop" at 7 p.m. will serve as a kick-off of the community's annual Fourth of July celebration -- something most residents consider a seminal event in the city.

"The Fourth of July is a really big deal in Upper Arlington," said Mark Berens, who, along with his wife, Lisa, is a general chairman for the UACA's July Fourth extravaganza. "The primary purpose of the workshop is for people interested in building a parade float.

"The secondary purpose is for anyone who wants a jump start on what this year's theme is," he added. "There will be people there who immediately will text friends what the theme is. There are some very competitive neighborhoods out there."

Each year, the UACA-sponsored parade features floats representing local neighborhoods and area service organizations.

"The unique thing about the Upper Arlington parade is it's 100 percent noncommercial and nonpolitical," Berens said.

At the April 11 workshop, the UACA's Fourth of July Committee, representatives of the Upper Arlington fire and police divisions and past float-builders will provide how-to tips for constructing floats, as well as important "do's" and "don'ts."

Additional information will be provided related to registering to participate in this year's parade, which will be presided over by grand marshal Abby Johnston, an Upper Arlington native and a silver medalist on the U.S. 2012 Olympic diving team.

"We're real excited," Berens said. "It's just fun.

"We're trying to get more people to build floats."

Additional information about this year's July Fourth parade, as well as float building and registration, can be obtained at the UACA's website, www.UACA.org.