The 39th Annual Independence Day Parade will roll through Kenilworth subdivision starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3. The theme is “Home of the Free - Because of the Brave.”
The 2011 Parade Grand Marshal is retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honor?. Honor? served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Ga., and was commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast in 2005.
The parade includes local civic groups, military groups, bands, clowns and political and government organizations. The parade begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, 7600 Boone Drive.
Parade information, including a route map, is available on the KCA website, http://www.kenilworthneighborhood.com/JULY4KCA.htm.
Concert Band plays
The Baton Rouge Concert Band will present its annual July 4th concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, on the State Capitol steps.
The band, directed by Conductor Sheily Bell and Assistant Conductor Julie Horridge, will present songs from The Music Man, Star Wars and Led Zeppelin On Tour, along with marches and patriotic tunes. There will be a good view of the fireworks from the Capitol steps after the concert.
The concert is free. For information, go online to http://www.batonrougeconcertband.org or call (225) 751-6430.
Museum’s 4th fundraiser
The Friends of the LSU Museum of Art will hold the “Red, White and Blue Dog” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
The theme commemorates the museum’s upcoming exhibit Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River, featuring paintings by George Rodrigue.
The event takes place in the Bert and Sue Turner Gallery on the third floor with red, white and blue margaritas, barbecue from Texas Roadhouse and music by The Ross Hoppe Trio. There will be a celebration on the Irene W. Pennington Rooftop Terrace with music by Captain Green Band and dancing until 11 p.m.
Tickets are $125 for museum members and $150 for nonmembers. The event is for adults age 21 and older only. For tickets or information, call (225) 389-7212. Parking is available in the Third Street and Convention garage.
Party in Plaquemine
The City of Plaquemine will celebrate the nation’s birthday with good old-fashioned fun, games and food on Monday, July 4.
The day offers family-oriented activities, with free admission to the Bayou Water Front Park, Plaquemine Locks and Iberville Museum.
At 4:15 p.m., the boat parade will depart from the boat ramp across from the Iberville Parish Jail on Bayou Road.
The parade will arrive at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Water Front Park with the 2011 grand marshals leading the parade. The grand marshals are past and present veterans.
The boat parade is open to all boaters, with no registration fee. Boats decorated in a patriotic theme are encouraged. Anyone wishing to enter the boat parade can simply show up at 4 p.m. at the boat launch.
The Iberville Museum will be open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. with free admission. Old-fashioned games are planned.
The Plaquemine Locks State Historic Site will be open with free admission 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be tours of the Lock House and the Historic Boat Pavilion with a special boat motor demonstration by the Old Engine Boat Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile the park will be filled with other activities, including space walks, games, face painting and rides starting at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m., music will begin with the sounds of Unfinished Business. A jitter bug dance contest will start at 7 p.m. on the boardwalk in front of the band.
Most activities will take place at the Bayou Water Front Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the day is capped off with a dramatic fireworks display. No ice chests will be permitted in the park, but visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For information on booths and/or the event, call (225) 687-3116.
The town of Walker is planning and old-fashioned Independence Day at CityFest.
The events starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Sidney Hutchinson Park. There will be activities for the kids, including inflatables, a giant water slide, hot-air balloons and train rides. There will also be jambalaya, snowballs, barbecue and more.
The celebration will end at dusk with a large fireworks show.
Families are invited to tailgate, and can bring tents, volleyball nets, horseshoes, a picnic dinner or barbecue pit. No alcohol is permitted in the park.
Admission is free. For details, go to http://cityfest.walker.la.us.
Blueberries in Clinton
The Clinton Main Street Program will present the 8th annual Red White and Blueberry Festival on Saturday, July 2.
Events start at 8 a.m. and last until the fireworks show at 8 p.m.
Among activities planned are an appearance by cast members from History’s Swamp People television series, a farmers market, the Bayou Blasters Band, an art walk, a blueberry cook-off, a pirate and princess picnic on the courthouse square, the Caleb Berg Band in an afternoon concert, a pet parade, antique car show, games, food and an evening performance by United We Jam.
For more information, call (225) 281-3144.