London parade back and bigger than ever

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(Posted July 5, 2021)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer and Photographer

London’s patriotic celebration parade was back and “bigger and better than ever,” according to Mayor Patrick Closser who served as emcee for the July 3 festivities. This year’s lineup included more than 65 entries, making it the largest in the parade’s history. Shown here are some of those entries, along with the appreciative crowd that lined the streets to catch a glimpse of summer tradition.

London residents Debbie Vecchiarelli (left) and Rita Rickets show off their patriotic flair before the parade steps off on Main Street. Vecchiarelli said she was glad the parade was back after its cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19. “It’s good to be out here,” she said.
London’s Strawberry Festival royalty wave to the crowd.
The London High School football team participates in the parade.
Caroline Knowles, a member of Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails, relaxes in her customized bike as she travels down Main Street.
Brothers Rowan (front) and Carter Quire wave to the London Fire Department personnel as they pass by in their emergency vehicles.
Steve Stivers, the former U.S. representative for the state’s 15th district, served as the parade grand marshal.
Children get ready to dive for candy.
London police officer Michael Combs passes out flags to the crowd alongside his K-9 partner, Ygor.
Olivia Rinesmith (front), Lily Marriott (center), and Jayden Baker prepare for the parade to start. All three have served as Madison County Junior Fair royalty.
Michelle Fuller with Fuller Flavor Curbside Grill decked out this golf cart for her first parade. She said the sign she made for the business was too big to fit the cart.

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