Thursday, July 7, 2016

PHOTOS: Michele's Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade (2016)

Anna Grace and Elena Philippe with their neighbor, Colin Clos.
Of all the holiday events in Fort Thomas, nothing showcases the history, vibrancy, and friendliness of our neighborhood more than the Independence Day celebration.

As I stood with my neighbors in their festive clothing, watching the children plan their candy strategy, I was struck by the wonderful tradition Fort Thomas has of honoring our nation's past (as well as our city's), while celebrating our future through our greatest treasure: our children. As I took photos of the parade, they were my main focus.


It wasn't long before I met a tiny Fort Thomas resident who had only been in our country for two weeks. Elena was celebrating her very first Independence Day parade with her sister, Anna Grace, and her mom, Wynne Philippe. Little Elena enjoyed waving at the parade as it went by. Two weeks ago Elena was living in China and now her home is in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, another classic story of America.

Look carefully at the faces in these photos for they are the future of our city.

Names are mentioned if known.

Elena waving at the parade.
Anna Grace, Wynne, and Elena Philippe

Madison and Mckinley Cappel


Presley Hamm

Stella Norman

Diamond Swaitti with her father
Brody Kremer and Joey Aber
 
The City of Fort Thomas officials
 
Highlands Band
Adele Ross, a member of Highlands Color Guard



Fort Thomas Education Foundation (FTEF)

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Ingles Chapter
Benjamin Franklin



The Boy Scouts dragon








Belladance Academy

Many dogs were enjoying the parade or walking in it.

If your house is on the parade route, you might as well have some water fun while you're watching.



Summit Marshall Arts. 
Manyet Dance Studio

Neltner Realty

Blue Devils baseball team

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