Kenilworth parade rolls Friday to celebrate Independence Day _lowres

Kenilworth Independence Day Parade route

Jerry Stovall, the president and CEO of the Baton Rogue Area Foundation, will ride as grand marshal Friday when the Kenilworth Independence Day Parade rolls through Kenilworth subdivision.

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m., and will include military and civic groups, bagpipes, antique cars, elected officials, a horse group and homemade floats.

The parade began in 1973 when a small group of Kenilworth residents gathered on riding lawn mowers and bicycles to form a parade on the July 4.

The parade expanded in 1976 to include floats. In 2006, the parade moved to July 3.

The parade, which has more than 50 entries and thousands of spectators, honors the neighborhood’s resident of the year. The first grand marshal was named in the late 1990s.

Linda Frederick, a local Realtor, was named the 2015 Resident of the Year. She’s sponsored the placement of American flags in front yards for many years.

Things kick off in the afternoon at Kenilworth Science and Technology School with the music of Jemini Venture bluegrass band.

Animal adoption agencies will have animals looking for homes, and the Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will be on school grounds offering identification fingerprinting for children.