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June 30, 1995 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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The 53rd Street Ad Hoc Association, the University of Chicago and local businesses sponsor an “Old Fashioned” Fourth of July Community Parade

An old fashioned Independence Day parade will be held along 53rd Street in Hyde Park beginning at 10 a.m., on Tues. July 4. With over 1,500 scheduled marchers, the parade motto is “everyone marches, nobody watches.”

The parade will feature the Chicago Stock Yard and Kilty Bag-Pipe Band; the International Horseman, a professional troupe of African American horsemen; an all-community Bike-Trike-Buggy Brigade; a marching kazoo band; plus fire engines, clowns, antique cars and floats designed by local business owners.

Among the local community leaders and elected officials who will march in costume are Billy Gerstein of “Mr. G’s.” as George Washington; Toni Preckwinkle (Ald. 4th Ward) as the Statue of Liberty; Barbara Flynn Currie (D-IL) as Uncle Sam; and Barbara Holt (Ald. 5th Ward) as the Bird of Peace.

The festivities continue at Nicholas Park (53 and Kenwood Ave.) with live jazz, blues music, arts and crafts, face painting and dancing.

The parade will begin at the Hyde Park Shopping Center near the corner of 55th and Lake Park Ave., then head south down 55th street and circling north up 53rd Street, then west to Nicholas Park on 53rd and Kenwood. WHEN: Tues., July 4, 1995 TIME:Parade Begins at 10:00 a.m.WHERE:Beginning at Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th and Lake ParkParade route ends at Nichols Park at 53 and Kenwood Ave.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL: Nancy Stanek, (773) 324-6039Laura Phrail, (773) 752-1591
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