50th annual Independence Day parade rolls through Kenilworth; WAFB’s Liz Koh serves as grand marshal

The Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA) sponsored the 50th annual Independence Day Parade on Sunday, July 3.
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 10:15 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2022 at 9:56 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA) sponsored the 50th annual Independence Day Parade on Sunday, July 3.

WAFB’s Liz Koh serves as grand marshal of  the 2022 Kenilworth Independence Day Parade.
WAFB’s Liz Koh serves as grand marshal of the 2022 Kenilworth Independence Day Parade.(Liz Koh)

Liz Koh of WAFB Channel 9 served as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, which is Golden Jubilee-themed. Residents of the Year were Mike and Celeste Robin, and the parade’s special guest was Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

This year's Kenilworth Independence Day Parade includes Grand Marshal Liz Koh, of WAFB Channel...
This year's Kenilworth Independence Day Parade includes Grand Marshal Liz Koh, of WAFB Channel 9; Residents of the Year Mike and Celeste Robin; and special guest Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.(Liz Koh)

“We are excited to once again host our annual neighborhood parade,” KCA Board President John Daly said. “We are especially excited to host this year as it will mark the 50th time we will gather to celebrate. This is a perfect family-friendly way to celebrate Independence Day.”

The Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA) will sponsor the 50th annual Independence Day Parade on...
The Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA) will sponsor the 50th annual Independence Day Parade on Sunday, July 3.(Kenilworth Civic Association)

In 1973, a small group of Kenilworth residents gathered on riding lawn mowers and bicycles to form a parade. Neighborhood residents and their children followed playing musical instruments, ranging from trumpets to jugs.

The parade expanded in the bicentennial year of 1976, with real floats for the first time. Mayor Woody Dumas rode in the parade, starting the tradition of the Baton Rouge Mayor helping to lead the parade.

The parade has grown tremendously over the years. There are now around 50 entries in the parade each year, and several thousand spectators gather to enjoy the parade. The parade started honoring the Kenilworth Resident of the Year and having a parade Grand Marshal in the late 1990s.

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