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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade: Recognizing the Winners, Thanking the Volunteers


Fort Thomas held its annual Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The Parade Chairs, Jim Trauth and Linda Slone, have announced the parade float winners:

Best Represents the Theme:
(1st Place) Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy
(2nd Place) Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Thomas
(3rd Place) Chicks & Chucks, Inc.

Most Original
(1st Place) Tom Rechtin Heating & Air
(2nd Place) United States Submarine Veterans
(3rd Place) Campbell County Land Search & Rescue

Most Entertaining
(1st Place) Highland United Methodist Church
(2nd Place) Dance Realm
(3rd Place) Highlands High School Marching Band

Linda Slone would also like to thank all of the volunteers that worked hard to help make the parade run smoothly, as well as the parade participants. Here's everyone that helped make this parade possible:

Jim Trauth: Jim is one of the Parade Chairs with Linda. He helped put the entire parade together.

Lonnie Slone: Lonnie talks to all the Veterans Organizations and invites all of the veterans that are able to participate in the parade. He also helped line up all the veterans for the parade, which is the largest separate division.

Gary Schwalbach: Gary drives the Parade's Grand Marshal in his antique, convertible Cadillac every single year.

Marty Meyer: Marty makes it possible for Shriner's to participate in the parade. He always provides the trailer and truck for the veterans. This year he also provided a convertible Cadillac for the parade honorees.

Kym Grillot: Kym hosts a hospitality room for the veterans. She provides a cool area to sit, water, snacks, and access to restrooms.

Guy Ponzer: Guy opens up Highlands High School for anyone in need of cool air. This year he opened the cafeteria for the dancers. He also helps set out the sawhorses and cones for the parade.

David Thiel: David provides the flyover for the parade, a crowd favorite.

Fred Otto: Fred lines up the politicians that are participating in the parade, and he also takes care of the lineup in that division.

Highland United Methodist Church: They open their doors for anyone in need of cool air or needing to use the restroom. They also provide their front steps so the parade can honor the Grand Marshal and give them their proclamations. This year, they also reserved a few parking spots for the parade honorees.

City of Fort Thomas: Joe Ewald, Kevin Barbian, Melissa Beckett, Brent Moening, the Fort Thomas Police Department, and General Services. They helped with policing the event, the parade lineup, setting up cones, and putting up 'no parking' signs. They also helped with parade applications and ordered everything that was needed for the parade. Linda also wants to thank Hannah from the Recreation Department for her help with the beginning of the parade lineup.

Grand Marshal and Honorees: Sarah "Pink" Hamel was this years Grand Marshal. Linda is thankful that Fort Thomas always has people who are a big part of the city and who are able to be honored for that every year.

Lastly, Linda would like to thank the parade judges, the division leaders, the parade participants, and the parade attendees. Everyone listed has made the Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade possible every year, and for many years to come!

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