The Kenilworth Independence Day Parade, scheduled to roll at 6:30 p.m. July 3, is famous for its family-friendly, part-of-the-neighborhood atmosphere, said Kenilworth Civic Association President Skip Rhorer Jr.
The parade, sponsored by the association, celebrates its 44th anniversary this year with a “Star-Spangled Celebration” theme, according to the neighborhood newsletter.
The parade includes a mix of local civic groups, military and veterans groups, bands, and political and government organizations, including floats decorated by neighborhood residents, the release said.
“We are proud to celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served and continue to serve to defend that freedom,” said Rhorer.
The parade, which runs along Kenilworth Parkway, begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, on Boone Drive just east of Kenilworth Parkway.
Riding in the parade will be Kenilworth’s 2016 Residents of the Year Mark and Vicky Tiller, who have lived in the neighborhood for the past 30 years, the release said. They were chosen for their many years as neighborhood volunteers.
They have hosted the luminary candle fundraiser sales and enjoyed the opportunity the sale provided for meeting neighbors. Mark Tiller was on the KCA board for several terms and has served as president. He has been active in planning the Independence Day Parade, including float decorating, assisting with setup, and was parade co-chairman in 2000. Vicky Tiller is on the association board, and has served several terms as secretary and vice president.
She said serving on the float decorating committee is one of her favorite activities. She also is on the Kenilworth Parkway Preservation Committee.
The Tillers have served as alternative host house for parade dignitaries, the release stated.
The couple moved to Baton Rouge, and Kenilworth, with their two young daughters, Amy and Emily, in February 1986. They moved into their current home in November of that year, and plan to retire there, where they hope to continue enjoying the neighborhood and baby-sitting their three granddaughters.
Both are actively involved at Christ Covenant Church, where Mark Tiller serves as deacon.
“Though we’ve had several opportunities to move from Kenilworth, we have always opted to stay because of the convenient location, stability of the neighborhood, wonderful neighbors, and we love our home,” Vicky said. “Our girls grew up here and now our grandchildren love to come here to play.”
For more than 20 years, Vicky has walked the neighborhood each day with two other Kenilworth residents and a fourth walking partner has joined the group over the past year.
The Tillers said they look forward to the annual parade and Christmas Luminaries held in the neighborhood.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to share these events with the Baton Rouge community,” she said. “For us, Kenilworth is home and family.”
The parade Grand Marshal is Sylvia Weatherspoon, anchor of WAFB News 2.
Information on the parade, including a map of the parade route, is available on the association website, www.kenilworthneighborhood.com.