50th annual Independence Day parade rolls through Kenilworth; WAFB’s Liz Koh serves as grand marshal
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Kenilworth Civic Association (KCA) sponsored the 50th annual Independence Day Parade on Sunday, July 3.
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.
Happy Fourth of July weekend! ❤️🤍💙 What an honor to celebrate with the Kenilworth Civic Association and everyone who came out for the 50th anniversary Independence Day Parade! Wishing all of you a fun and safe weekend. 🇺🇸 See you on @WAFB in the morning!— lizkohTV (@lizkohTV) July 4, 2022
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“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.”
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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