Danville Express

Newsfront - June 29, 2007

Danville opens its arms to July 4th celebrants

Parade expected to draw a crowd of 40,000

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Town of Danville invites everyone to come enjoy the Kiwanis Independence Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4. But officials also remind folks that no chairs can be put out on the Hartz Avenue parade route before 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3.

Chairs placed on the route early July 3 became a problem a few years ago, as people tried to reserve their viewing spots earlier and earlier. But most people now abide by the request that people wait until 6 p.m. to place their chairs, said Rochelle Flotten of the Town of Danville.

Last year about a dozen were confiscated by the maintenance department, she said, and brought to the service center on Camino Tassajara where they could be claimed on the next business day.

The theme of the 2007 Danville Fourth of July Parade, presented by Heller Jewelers, is "A Salute to Our Veterans, Thank You for Your Service to Our Country." Grand marshals will be from each of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy/Marines, Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.

The annual Fourth of July Parade Commemorative Button was designed this year by Joseph Sullivan of www.JSDesigns100.com to showcase the parade theme. Buttons are sold prior to the parade for $2 each or at the parade for $3 each, to benefit Kiwanis programs and local charities. A limited number of buttons from previous years are also available for sale.

The parade will run south from the corner of Hartz and Railroad avenues and will end at the corner of Sycamore Valley Road. This year Kiwanis expects about 125 entries in 24 categories. Each category will receive a Best of Parade trophy, to be awarded at the Kiwanis luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 12.

Categories are marching unit, band, horse, float, majorette, parade theme, antique auto, bicycle, novelty-comic, animal non-horse, special interest auto, Scout troop, school, dance/theatrical, family, country club, real estate office, neighborhood/homeowner association, church group, retail business, bank-financial, service business, sports team, community service/special interest-nonprofit community organizations, civic or public safety organizations.

Flotten also recommended that people arrive early. She noted the town has three public parking lots - one on Front Street, and two on Railroad Avenue - and the Park and Ride on Sycamore Valley Road is not too far from the end of the parade route.

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