(La Porte, IN) - Monday’s 4th of July Parade through downtown La Porte was a patriotic success, thanks to the LaPorte Kiwanis Club who organized it for the second year.
This year’s theme was “America Proud. La Porte Proud.” 86 entries traversed the 2.5 -mile route. Helicopter flyovers to start the parade were followed shortly by two A-10 Thunderbolt Warthogs.
For event co-organizer Joy Zigler, the satisfaction of seeing the parade get going was well-worth all the time put in to organizing it. “It’s a relief, it’s a relief,” said Zigler as the first parade floats set sail down Lincolnway. “Just getting to this day is a relief with everyone here in line. But once it goes, we know it’s done, and it’s gone. There’s a sense of accomplishment from everyone. And we couldn’t have this parade without everyone’s participation, and that’s from the units that are in it to the people that are watching it.”
Zigler says, surprisingly, the entire event is organized by only a handful of people. “We have probably about 15-20 volunteers for everything,” she said, “which is on the low side. So we’re doing a lot of stuff with a minimal amount of people.
And they could always use more help. If you would like to have a hand in organizing next year’s parade, just contact the La Porte Kiwanis Club.