By Sandi Latimer
The Westland Area gets a jump on the Independence Day weekend celebration with its annual parade down West Broad Street on June 28.
Once again this year, a 5K Team UNITY run and one-mile family walk will be held prior to the parade with proceeds going to South-Western City Schools Special Education Department and TeamHeart of Ohio Chapter of myTeam Triumph, which offers special opportunities to children with disabilities and their families, according to information posted on the website of co-sponsor Westland Area Business Association.
Some of the runners will be pushing strollers with children with disabilities.
As is traditional, the parade is held the Saturday before the July 4 holiday, and with the month of July beginning on a Tuesday, the parade falls in late June. The theme this year is “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future.”
The race will begin at 9 a.m. and the parade steps off at 10 a.m. All activities will end up at the Prairie Township Fire Department’s annual Fish Fry, says Troy Walton, co-vice-president of WABA.
Entry forms for both the race and the parade can be found on the WABA website at www.waba-cols.com. Both race and parade will form at the parking lot of the Home Depot.
The parade will proceed west in the west-bound lanes of West Broad Street. Vehicular traffic will be rerouted to the east-bound lanes.
Day of event registration for the race will begin at 8 a.m.
Many entrants in the parade are being charged fees: political individuals and groups $50; businesses $30; non-profits $10. Individuals, youth groups and athletic groups are not charged.
Parade forms should be filled out and checks made payable to WABA and sent to Walton’s co-chair Dennis Horn at Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43228.