Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy expects the 2017 edition of the Fourth of July Parade to be another rousing success.
Remy, forced to take the reins of the parade planning committee when the chairwoman experienced health issues, said enough planning was already in place to ensure the event will go off without a hitch.
The theme for the 55th annual Northland Independence Day Parade is "What Do Dreams Know of Boundaries?" - part of a quote attributed to Amelia Earhart.
July 4 falls two days after the 80th anniversary of the last time the famous aviator was seen.
The grand marshal will be Susan Reid of Newark, sister of the late Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, finishing what Amelia Earhart began.
"I think the theme and the person who is our grand marshal -- Jerrie Mock's sister -- is exciting," Remy said. "She was a pioneer in what she did. Northland was a pioneer in Columbus in establishing a suburban-like atmosphere in the city. There are a lot of similarities and a lot of parallels you can draw between the two."
"I think the theme is cool and the grand marshal is interesting because she's the sister of a female pilot who broke ground in a kind of cool way," said Sandy LaFollette, a former parade committee chairwoman who helped with the planning again this year.
Parade sign-in is at 9 a.m., July 4 at the closed Kroger store at 1630 Morse Road, according to Remy.
The parade will start promptly at 11 a.m. and will follow a 1.7-mile route along Karl Road from near Morse Road to East Dublin-Granville Road.
Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has indicated he will be marching, as will City Council President Zach Klein and state Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus), Remy said.
"I think we'll see as good or better participation as we have in the past," he added. "For that, I'm excited."
"People come out because they want to see what's going on in their neighborhood and who's doing things," said LaFollette. "They especially love to see the high school bands. Everybody loves floats and music."