2019’s 4th of July Parade ended, as it always does, at the fountain at Maryland Plaza. There, parents visited as the kids and some pups cooled their feet in the water.
The size of this year’s crowd is indicated by the long lines for snow cones and popcorn.
Face painters were busy throughout the morning.
Finally, the 4th of July Family Parade wouldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of organizers and sponsors including, from left: Jess Campbell, executive director of the Central West End Association, top photo: CWEA Board Members including from left: Kim Brown, Bob Brown, President Kate Walter, and Greg Stroube. Below right: Kate Haher, executive director of CWE North Community Improvement District, her husband Andy, and daughters Reagan and Abby.
And of course, many thanks to Jim Whyte, executive director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, and 5th District SLMPD officers for redirecting traffic during the parade. They work behind-the-scenes but make an important contribution to the success of this wonderful tradition.
Approximately 100 people attended Tuesday evening’s National Night Out at the neighborhood’s Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative office, 447 N. Euclid. According to NSI Deputy Director Sarah Wickenhauser, this year’s event drew the largest crowd they’ve ever had. That won’t be apparent from my photographs as I was there early when there was a threat of rain and the crowd was light.
The national event was created to enhance police-community partnerships by providing an opportunity for local police and neighbors to meet in a relaxed setting.
From left in the photograph above: NSI Executive Director Jim Whyte, Officer Regiana Moore, Sergeant Keith Barrett, 5th District Commander Captain Mike Mueller, Chief John Hayden, and Sergeant Angie Dickerson.
Above, the NSI’s Court Advocate Madeline Oberman, the NSI’s Jim Whyte, and CWEnders Mary Ann Tipton and Kathryn Paar.
From left, Janet Meyer, Bill Latz, who serves on the NSI Board of Directors as the Washington Place representative, and NSI’s Deputy Director Sarah Wickenhauser.
Some of the neighbors who stopped by to say hello and enjoy Ted Drewes—or drop rocks in a puddle.
Give or take a year, I believe this is the 38th Fourth of July Parade that has taken place in the Central West End. It started on Lenox Place as a simpler affair with approximately 50 neighbors of various ages following a fire truck around the block. There were popsicles and lemonade at parade’s end—and once there was a turtle race too.
Over the years the tradition has continued thanks to board members and volunteers from the Central West End Association. There are twice as many families participating now as in the early days, and Busey Bank has become a sponsor. This year as in recent years past, entertainment was provided by Circus Kaput, and at parade’s end there were balloon artists and face painters at the Maryland Plaza fountain decorating sweaty little faces. There was plenty of cold water and hot dogs for all.
In top photo from left Robyn LeBoeuf, Tony Martin (visiting from Louisiana), Dan and Dominic Boccabella. Dan is chief organizer of CWE Families & Friends’ activities these days.
The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Avenues.
One of the jugglers with Circus Kaput.
Some of the neighborhood spectators who lined the parade route.
28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro biked to the parade.
Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, with his daughter Janetta.
Next up: More photos from 2018 Fourth of July Parade.