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July 1, 2014

A July 4 parade ‘for the kids’ in Russell

RUSSELL — You don’t need a fancy float or a drop-top car to be star in the annual downtown Russell Fourth of July Parade.

“People decorate bikes, wagons, scooters — themselves,” said Cheryl Jones while announcing plans and details for the holiday processional sponsored by the Downtown Russell Business Association.

“It’s basically for the kids. There’s a lot of kids,” Jones said, later adding the parade tends to also include a few babies in strollers and wagons.

In keeping with the Fourth of July holiday traditions, Jones said the parade’s bikes, babies, scooters, strollers and adorned individuals tend to feature red, white and blue in their decorative designs.

The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. from the small park by the bridge, continuing along the traditional parade route through downtown Russell before returning to the park for an old-fashioned social gathering to share watermelon. Face painting will also be featured at the after-parade gathering, Jones said.

Keeping up a tradition that only began last year, Jones said the grand marshall for this year’s parade will again be a child who lives within the Russell community.

This year’s honoree, Richie Knupp, is a student at Russell Middle School and the son of Matt and Ellen Knupp, who live in downtown Russell. Jones said organizers had hoped Knupp and his sister, LeeLee, could serve as co-grand marhals, although she is attending Camp Webb and will be unable to participate in this year’s event.

For more information, call Coach Mike Jones at (606) 465-3464.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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