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It's the “Roaring ‘20s Again” for the Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade

Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade is on for July 3 – and the theme is "Roaring '20s Again." (photo:public domain)

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by Robin Gee

Put on your flapper dress or shine up your spats and dust up your Charleston moves – It’s the "Roaring '20s Again" theme for this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Fort Thomas. Parade plans are shaping up for the parade on Saturday, July 3.

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Linda Slone
, who is co-organizer of the event with Jim Trauth, said the hope is the celebration and fun will come roaring back for 2021. Last year was difficult for everyone and having to cancel the 2020 parade was a real disappointment, but she said she is excited for this year’s event.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants will line up at Memorial Parkway on North Fort Thomas Ave. at Memorial Parkway (i.e. Inverness Split: Your Town Realtors/Marathon gas station). 

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A new parade division

All the divisions in the parade will be back, said Slone, including the military division that was added only a few years ago, but this year organizers are adding a new division – one honoring health care providers.

"We honored our first responders in 2016, and now we would like to honor our health care providers. We are so thankful to these providers," Slone said.

She said having St. Elizabeth in Fort Thomas, along with medical offices and agencies, doctors, nurses and other caregivers has been a plus for the community.  

The parade usually has between 80 and 90 separate entries, and some of those entries include more than one vehicle, she explained.

The organizers are taking applications for participants right now, and Slone said they are coming in. She has heard from the Shriners that they are considering a return as well as other organizations that are cautiously planning for a more open summer season. A U.S. Airforce fly over is also in the works.

One change is due to construction. Since the city building renovations are underway, the judges have been moved to the parking lot at Schone (33 N. Fort Thomas Ave.) that will provide them a good view as the parade passes by. As with tradition, awards will honor best entries in different categories.

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A parade and a celebration

Leading the parade will be this year’s Grand Marshall and special honorees. Slone said she cannot disclose the names, as the city has that honor. She expects an announcement very soon.

Slone and Trauth have been organizing the July Fourth parade for 12 years. The event dovetails on the city’s celebration. The city celebration will also be on July 3 and will be held in Tower Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks are a big feature and will come from three parks around the city so that people who want to stay home and enjoy the show can do so.

Slone said applications are coming in, and she’s excited about the parade’s return. She said she hopes people will have fun with the theme. It’s an opportunity to dress up in 1920s outfits or, she said, come as you are, but be prepared for a good time!

The Fort Thomas city website has links to parade participation and vendor applications. Slone said anyone with questions can contact her at 859-750-9532 or Trauth at 859-992-1884. There is an entry fee of $35.

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