BY KATIE MATTESON
While you may feel like spring is barely underway, the folks at 4th Fest of Greater Racine Inc. want you to know that it’s not too early to start planning your entry in this year’s 4th of July parade. After all, the parade is just three months away.
Per tradition, the parade will step off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 from the corner of Main and Goold streets and finish its 2.4-mile parade route to the corner of 14th Street and Grand Avenue near the Golden Rondelle. The pre-parade will begin at 8:30 a.m.
This year’s theme is “America – 50 Years to the Moon and Back!”
Once again, nearly 100,000 spectators are expected to line Main and 14th streets to see the colorful floats, as well as horses, clowns, jugglers, antique cars, the popular Iwo Jima presentation, servicemen and servicewomen, award-winning marching bands (and drum & bugle corps), colorful floats, dance troupes, sports heroes, school groups, politicians, celebrities and other dignitaries — more than 100 units in all! Indeed, there’s something for everyone…
It’s no wonder that Racine’s 4th of July parade has been recognized as one of the Midwest’s largest and most colorful Independence Day parades.
To help get you started, parade organizers will host a Float Building Workshop on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Racine Masonic Center.
The free workshop is designed for both those who have never created a float before, as well as those who want to improve. Participants will receive all the float guidelines, get helpful tips and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
To sign up for the workshop, RSVP to Wendy Spencer, parade co-chair at (262) 989-6681.
The parade entry form can be found on the organization’s website: racine4thfest.org.
All entries must be postmarked by Friday, May 31, 2019.
2019 Parade & Fireworks Sponsors
Organizers are also seeking sponsors for this year’s parade and fireworks, which will take place at dusk on July 4 (approximately 9:20 p.m.). The 40-minute fireworks display can be seen anywhere on the Racine shoreline and beyond.
Those who donate more than $200 will be recognized on the organization’s website and major sponsors will receive additional recognition in event publicity.
For sponsorship information, contact Kevin Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, parade-goers are reminded to support the parade and fireworks by placing donations in the barrels circulated by 4th Fest board members during the parade.
Both the parade and the fireworks are entirely dependent on private donations and corporate sponsorships.
For more information, visit racine4thfest.org.