(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:35 AMGet ready to celebrate America’s birthday with fireworks and fanfare.
Lake Charles’ Fourth of July celebration, Red, White, Blue & You, will kick off Friday with a parade at 6 p.m.
The route will run from Mill Street down Ryan and will end at Seventh Street. The celebration is expected to have record attendance due to the holiday falling on a Friday.
According to Denise Fasske, the city’s director for cultural events, parade float entries are being accepted throughout today. It’s free to enter and participate, she said.
“You can put the neighborhood kids in the car and decorate it, then be in the parade,” Fasske said.
This year’s parade grand marshal is 7-year-old Emma Leger. Other parade participants will include Miss Armed Forces queens, local festival queens, dance lines and marching units.
A bevy of different vehicles will be displayed in the parade such as golf carts and bicycles.
After the parade, there will be live music provided by bluegrass band Market Blue, which has played at the Cash and Carry Farmers Market on Tuesdays.
There will be a concert by the Lake Charles Community Band, with accompaniment by the Louisiana Choral Foundation.
“It’s a patriotic program,” Fasske said. “Everyone receives a little complimentary flag to wave and a fan to keep us cool on this beautiful summery day.”
The event will end with fireworks at 9 p.m. The show will last 15 minutes.
“Some of the items in the beginning of the show will be the golden rain, chrysanthemums, flowers, red tail happy-star, and those are a few of the descriptions of what we’ll have,” Fasske said.
“Then, our grand finale will end up with as large as 10-inch shells. Lake Charles is fortunate to shoot off shells that are 10 inches since it’s over the lake.”
For children, there will be face painting.
At the events downtown there will be food vendor trucks selling pizza, snow cones and ice cream.
Commemorative souvenir shirts will be available for purchase. This year’s logo was designed by Darrel Buck, an instructor at Sowela Technical Community College.
“This is a feel-good event. The whole community comes out for camaraderie. It’s a summer event and a chance to salute the armed forces and to just enjoy what our country is all about in celebrating our freedom,” Fasske said.
In case of inclement weather, the program portion will be held in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.