Celebrity judges, Shriners and Relay for Life highlight Festival Parade

With more than 100 entries and a panel of celebrity judges to review them, the 2018 Festival of Trails Parade promises to live up to its theme- Glory Days. One of the highlights of the annual Festival of Trails Celebration in La Porte City, the parade will take place on Friday, June 15 at 7 PM.

This year, the La Porte City Lions Club welcomes KWWL’s Rick Coleman, former news anchor Amanda Goodman, University of Northern Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Doug Schwab and Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka to judge the parade entries as they “pass them by.” Those judged to be worthy will receive plenty of glory, as organizers promise to present some of the largest award ribbons ever seen in the history of the local parade.

Planned participants include a number of Shriners groups, the Revvin Fezzes with their mini cars and the always popular Oriental Band. Along with the Union High School Band, other musical entries entertaining along the parade route include the Union Baptist Crusaders Drill Team and Cedar Glen Pipes and Drum, who will fill the air with the sound of bagpipes to accompany the cadence of drums.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life invites community members whose lives have been touched by cancer to join them in the parade. This includes cancer survivors and those still fighting the battle, as well as caretakers or anyone who has lost a loved one to the dreaded disease. To get involved, stop by their booth at the City Park during Thursday evening’s Festival of Trails Kickoff Event. At that time, you can also sign a large banner that will be displayed as part of their float entry during the parade. A portion of the proceeds from Thursday evening’s lip sync competition will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For the latest information about the 2018 Festival of Trals Celebration, logon to the La Porte City Lions Festival of Trails facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LPCFestivalOfTrails/.