MICHIGAN CITY — The city’s Independence Day celebration will kick off on Saturday with the annual Patriotic Parade on Franklin Street.
The parade, featuring floats, marching bands, dancers, skaters and the usual mix of emergency vehicles, business, community groups and churches will kick off at 11 a.m. at the corner of 10th and Franklin, according to Abigale Thayer Kuchta, special events coordinator for the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department.
The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at 4th and Washington, with the actual parade kicking off at 10th and Franklin, then heading south to Ames Field.
There will be a cooling station, as well as a lost child station, set up at Barker Avenue and Franklin.
The parade lineup, as of late Monday, will include the Michigan City Police Department motorcycle unit, followed by other MCPD vehicles, the Michigan City Fire Department, and Michigan City Emergency Services; and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Posse and Sheriff’s Office, La Porte County Emergency Medical Service, Pines Fire Department and Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Next up will be the Michigan City High School Junior ROTC carrying the giant American flag, the Michigan City Municipal Band, Michigan City Exchange Club, MCPD Kiddie Parade winners and City Kids Day Camp, and Soul Steppers Drill Team.
The La Porte County Democratic Party will be followed by Mayor Ron Meer, the Caldonia Kilty Pipe Band, the Michigan City Historical Society, Lakeshore Performing Arts, MC Promise Scholarship, VFW Post 2536, Massiah’s Angel’s Dance Company, La Porte County Vans for Vets, DAV Post 23, Salvation Army of Michigan City, MCHS Marching Wolfpack and America Legion Skwiat Post 451.
Following the vets will be the Girl Scouts, NWI Minibike Riders, New Prairie High School Marching Cougars, Indiana State Prison, Fast Eddie’s Family Haircare, Code Red Dance Team, Enchanted Limousine & Transport, La Porte High School Marching Band, La Porte County Republican Party and Williams Systems.
Next up are Krucial Creations Blaque Krystals Dance Factory, Michigan City Area Schools, Jeff Piotrowski, KC Marching Stallions, Franklin Pest Solutions, YMCA, Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras, Arise and Shine Food And Outreach Center, Alzheimer’s Association Team Beach Bums, The Guardian Riders, INDOT Hoosier Helpers, Tom Stropky, Rogue Xtrme Fitness and City Councilman Johnny Stimley.
The Four A’s Car Club will be followed by Twin Cities Masquerades, Safe Harbor’s Michigan City Robotics Team, Orak Shrine Motor Patrol, Energetic House Divaz, BIG Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Michigan City, Gateway High Steppers, Carlson’s Drive-In, Duane Parry, MC Dynamite Cheer’s Champion Force, Michigan City House of Hope Youth Empowerment and Blazin Starz Dance.
Next up will be the Great Lakes Museum of Military History, KC Marching Falcons, Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City, Remembering Our Veterans, Dance Foundation of La Porte, County Councilman Jeff Santana, Edd Fairman as Uncle Sam on Stilts, Wood Rydrz Skate Club Los Angeles, Michigan City for Bernie 2020, MC Piranha Swim Club, Metropolitan Youth Program and City Councilman Don Przybylinski.
Bright Beginnings Academy will be up next, followed by InsXinity Dance Team, Miss Duneland Scholarship Outstanding Teen Grace Newell, Miss Duneland, Miss Indiana, Footlight Players of Michigan City, Grandma & Grandpa Built A Float, Domino’s Pizza, Haunted Hills Hospital, Nathan Patrick for 5th Ward City Council, Xclusive Diamonds, St. Paul Lutheran School, La Porte Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thorne, Royal Heat Dance, Great Lakers Auto Club, Planet Fitness and All Star Dance Team.
The final group of entries includes Indiana Army National Guard’s 190th Motor Transportation Battalion, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tri-State Glitter, La Porte County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora, Sam the Wheeler, Trinity Episcopal Church, DNA Dance Company, state Rep. Patricia Boy, Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home and Scout Troop 876, and Star Struck Divaz Dance Company.
Last-minute entries are still being accepted, though late entrants will be placed at the end of the parade. Anyone still wishing to participate should call the Park Department office at 219-873-1506.