The theme of this year's parade will be "Celebrating Our Youth." In honor of that theme, the Grand Marshal for 2009 will be 1,000 children walking and riding their bikes decorated in Fourth of July colors.
Kiwanis Club has recruited parade entries such as the Drill Team Ministries, YKM Lion Dancers from San Francisco and the 59th Army Marching Band for this year's event, and organizers expect about 125 entries in 24 different categories. A Best of Parade award will be given in each category at the Kiwanis luncheon meeting July 9.
Categories include 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, neighborhood/homeowner association, church group, retail business, service business, sports team, and community service/special interest-nonprofit community organizations, civic or public safety organizations.
The popular parade draws about 20,000 viewers every year. It begins at 9 a.m.