London parade boasts 60-some entries

(Posted July 5, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Editor

With approximately 60 entries, London’s Independence parade was packed with local and national pride. Spectators lined both sides of Main Street.

London High School’s marching band doesn’t simply march between songs; they also leap and spin.
Bree Sims and her son, Noah, 1, take in all the sights and sounds of the London parade. Originally from London, Bree and her husband, C.J., now live in Hilliard. The whole family, including Stella, 3, made the trip for the event.
The Madison County’s United Veterans Organization, representing several local veterans groups, were among the 60-some entries in this year’s parade.
Melissa Canney, parade grand marshal, waves to the crowd. Serving as chauffeur is Tim Wilson. Jim Canney, Melissa’s husband, also is along for the ride.
Ethan Decker points out a piece of candy to his daughter, Alaina, 2, along London’s Fourth of July parade route.
Representatives of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 950 float down the parade route. Every year, the London-based group donates generously to local and national charitable causes.
Members of London High School’s football team make their way through the intersection at High and Main streets.
Representatives from Bridges Community Action Partnership smile as they make their way down Main Street. The private non-profit organization serves low-income individuals and families in Champaign, Delaware, Logan, Madison, Shelby, and Union counties.
Crowned just last month, the 2024 London Strawberry Festival royalty ride aboard a “berry” colorful float.
Instead of a truck, tractor, flatbed, or float, the London State Theater chose a boat as their mode of parade transport. Following the parade, the theater hosted a free showing of the movie “Jaws.”
Representatives of the Bluebird Retirement Community ride in style.
A member of the Rare Blood Motorcycle Club roars down the parade route.
Eve Breedlove, portraying the Enchantress in Madison County Arts Council’s upcoming production of the musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” helps to promote the show. Performance dates are July 18-21 at London High School.
Casey’s Carryout gives a sneak preview of the “smashing” vehicles they plan to enter in the Madison County Fair’s demolition derby slated for July 13.


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