A unicycle was once Dublin resident Rich Taylor's method of choice for traveling in the city's annual Independence Day parade.

As a cub master for Bailey Elementary School's Cub Scout pack, Taylor would ride his unicycle while the kids rode their decorated bikes in honor of the festivities.

"The kids thought that was great," he said.

Taylor again will be part of the parade this year -- this time as Dublin's grand marshal -- although he said now that he's 58 years old, he might forgo the unicycle.

Taylor said he was caught off guard when Mayor Greg Peterson called to tell him he had been selected as grand marshal.

"I was completely surprised," Taylor said. "I'm flattered and honored and feel undeserving."

Taylor has been a Dublin resident for nearly 26 years.

He is president of Richard Taylor Architects in District.

In addition to living and working in the city, Taylor also has devoted time to volunteering in Dublin.

He's the vice president for the Historic Dublin Foundation and a member of the Muirfield Association Design Control Committee.

He also serves as secretary of the Historic Dublin Business Association.

His past volunteer roles include serving as a board member and vice chairman of the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission, Dublin Architectural Review Board member and Dublin Bands Board of Directors member.

Although Taylor and his wife, Karen, now attend Dublin's festivities on their own, Taylor said he remembers a time when they used to take their two sons -- Max, 23, and Cam, 20 -- to see the city's Independence Day celebration, music and fireworks.

"It was always a good time," he said.

Margie Amorose, executive director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, said she nominated Taylor for the role of Independence Day grand marshal for his love for Dublin, and his longtime involvement in the community.

"I think he's really sincere," Amorose said. "I think he just loves Dublin."

Celebration events

The parade will step off at 11 a.m. July 4 from Metro Center -- near the southwest corner of Frantz Road and state Route 161 -- and proceed north on Frantz, east on Bridge Street (state Route 161) and then south on High Street in Historic Dublin.

Gates for the stadium celebration will open at 4:30 p.m. The Drowsy Lads will play at 4:45 p.m., followed by No BS! Brass at 5:30 p.m.

Headliner Peter Frampton is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.

Fireworks and the grand finale will follow at 9:50 p.m.

Wristbands that will allow admittance to the stadium for Dublin and Dublin City School District residents will be available for $5 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 19, in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, with proof of residency.

Unsold wristbands will be available for the general public beginning at 11 a.m. July 4 at the stadium.

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