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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sara "Pink" Morlidge Hamel Named Fort Thomas 4th of July Grand Marshal, (Schedules, Events, Times)

Linda Slone, Sara Hamel, Jim Trauth. 

One of the showcase weeks for the City of Fort Thomas is being held next week, with activities planned throughout the week, starting with the Citywide Pub Crawl on Wednesday, July 3. Eight locations will be participating, including 915, FT Public House, Colonel's Kitchen, Grassroots & Vine, Midway Cafe, The Olde Fort Pub, Fort Thomas Pizza & Tavern and the Highlander Bourbon & Wine Bar.

RELATED: Facebook Event Details. 

The 2019 Fort Thomas 4th of July Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4th starting at 10:30 a.m. at Highlands High School and snaking its way down S. Fort Thomas Avenue toward Tower Park.

The Campbell County YMCA starts the day off with the Firecracker 5K festivities. Sign up here.

The Midway Cafe (1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave) is hosting their 4th anniversary on the fourth, starting at 11:00 a.m.

RELATED: Midway Cafe Facebook Event Details. 

City of Fort Thomas Details:

7:40 a.m. Kids Fun Run
8:15 a.m. Kids Fun Run
Parade at 10:30 a.m.

Tower Park Festivities:
3:00-8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Circus and Facepainting
5:30 p.m. Model Behavior
7:30 p.m. Colour of Rhythm
10: 00 p.m. Fireworks 

About 75 floats participate in the parade each year.  This year the theme is “The Art of Kindness.”

"This parade brings out a lot of excitement within the community," said Linda Slone. She and Jim Trauth arethe event organizers.  "We have thousands of families lined up along the parade route just waiting to see and hear the different floats, especially for the candy."

Slone said that prizes are awarded based on how floats incorporate the theme.

"We have had some great floats along the years.  Music always helps!"

Prizes will be awarded at the next City Council Meeting in August.

This year the Parade Grand Marshal is Sara “Pink” Morlidge Hamel.

"She is so deserving for this honor. She is such great example of what makes us Fort Thomas and we are so happy to honor her in the parade," said Slone.

Slone said they are also honoring Bert and Dee Bathiany, Dan and Flo Grey, Rita Walters, Betsy Evans and Lee Cordray.  "This town would not be the same if it were not for each and every one of them."

The parade also have a Veterans’ Division.

"We started this two years ago and are going to continue to build this part of the parade each and every year," she said.  We have a good number of participants already."

If interested in being with the other Veterans and want to enter a vehicle, please call Sgt. Major Retired Lonnie Slone, at 859-750-7710.

Parking will be restricted around the parade route, so please plan accordingly.

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