It’s almost time again for one of Russellville’s best small-town traditions.
The annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade is next weekend and organizers want to get the word out so lots of participants can take part in the festivities.
This is the fifth year that the local Kiwanis have been in charge of the parade, which was started several decades ago by Russellville residents Joyce and the late Bob Guion.
“Along with the kids will be a color guard, a police car, fire engine and EMS vehicle,” said Don Firchow, one of this year’s parade chair persons. “Sirens will be blaring and red lights will be flashing. You will definitely know a parade is in progress.”
Along with Firchow, the other co-chairperson is Rod Werth.
Children and their parents are asked to gather at the Guion house at 106 West 8th Street around 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.
Everyone is encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, strollers, wagons and pets in patriotic fashion. Costumes are also encouraged.
The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m.
Just prior to the parade, there will be a short talk about patriotism and Independence Day.
The parade will go north on Main Street, around the square, then south on Winter Street and back to the starting point.
Once back at the Guion home, participants will get to enjoy refreshments
“Everyone hopes to see a great turn out on a very sunny day,” Firchow said. “In the event of rain, there will not be a make-up date.”
The parade could not be made possible without the participation of several organizations and individuals.
“Thanks go out to our Russellville Police and Fire Department, our county ambulance service and the rural fire department,” Firchow said. “The Kiwanis Club appreciates their willingness to be a big part of the parade.”