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Even if you march to the beat of a different drum, it’s parade time.

Have you ever marched, danced or rode in a parade?  In high school I was part of something called drill corps – basically girls in short skirts, holding pom-poms, dancing and marching to pop music.   The highlight for our group was getting to be part of several parades that took place in the city where I lived.   Although we got a workout, we loved it and so did our families.  It was the perfect opportunity for a perfect photo op.    It also gave you a shot at hometown fame where crowds lined the streets and cheered you on.  How cool is that?!  Whether you may have been in a parade at some time in your life or not, it isn’t too late to get in on the fun – for yourself, your family, your friends or even your pets.

I know of a parade that anyone can be part of.  It takes place in Blanchester, Ohio on July 4.  For $10, you can enter a “float,” a performing group, your child riding a bike, a classic car, a gymnastics group, a vocal group, a dog club, just you and your dog, or more.

This is what you need to know to be in the Blanchester July 4th parade.  Lineup begins at 9 am at the Blanchester High School Board of Education parking lot, 3580 St. Rt. 28, Blanchester, Ohio.  Who knows, if you enter a float (use your imagination) be on site by 10:30 am to be included in the judging.  A total of 7 winners will be named – first, second and third place civic winner, first, second and third place business winner, and a Mayor’s Choice for the entry that best use’s this year’s theme – A Family Affair.   The parade will begin at 11 am leaving Blanchester High School and traveling downtown, turning right on Center Street at the Marathon station, ending at Columbus St.  Don’t worry, all you have to do is follow everyone else.  You won’t get lost.  Hope to see you there.  I may even bring my pom-pom’s!




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