Baton Rouge's Independence Day Parade:
sponsored by the KENILWORTH CIVIC
The Kenilworth INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
6:30 pm, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
"Learning to Love Liberty"
Map of Parade Route
2014 Parade Information:
Advocate 2014 parade photos
4 minute Advocate website video of 2014 Parade
NBC-33 story on 2014 Independence Day Parade
2014 Resident of the Year: Bob Mathews
Congratulations to our 2014 Resident of the Year, Bob Mathews, former KCA Board Vice President, long-time coordinator of the Independence Day Parade, and prominent neighborhood civic booster. We thank Bob for his years of dedicated service to the Kenilworth Civic Association and the Kenilworth neighborhood.
2014 Grand Marshal: Ruark Chick , Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Capital Area
Red Cross volunteers and "Wylie" the miniature rescue vehicle will be parading with Ruark.
On this 70th anniversary of D-Day, come celebrate our nation's birthday at the parade and join us for one of Baton Rouge's premier Independence Day events! The parade features military and civic groups, bagpipers, antique cars, buggies, elected officials, horse groups, and more!!
Swing by Kenilworth Science & Technology School for the start of the parade. Enjoy the music of the Jemini Venture bluegrass band. Come visit with the animal adoption agencies who will be there. The Baton Rouge Sheriff Department wil be on the school grounds taking identification fingerprints for kids.
Come see the 2015 Parade at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 3, 2015!
2014 prize winners:
Best Float: Knights of Columbus, Santa Maria
Best Group: Kenilworth Swim Team
Best Individual: Peanut the Elephant (Billy Nungesser)
Most Patriotic: Military Order of the Purple Heart
Most Original: Thrivent Financial
Judge's Choice: Pack 103
Best Fits Theme: Kenilworth Civic Association
2013 Parade Information:
2013 Theme: Hometown Heroes"
2013 Resident of the Year: Max Scott
Congratulations to our 2013 Resident of the Year, Dr.Max Scott, formerly of LSU. We thank Max for his years of dedicated service as Treasurer of the Kenilworth Civic Association.
2013 Grand Marshal:
Collis Temple, Jr.
Included in the parade were his sons, former LSU stars and NBA players Collis Temple III and Garrett Temple and his daughter, Colleen Temple.
2013 Parade Information
Parade Judges for 2013 were:
.....David LeCerte, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
.....LTC Mary "Marston" McKeon, Commanding Officer, LSU Air Force ROTC
.....Duane Leblance, Director of award winning Catholic High School marching band
And the award winning groups for 2013 are:
Best Float . . . . . . Kenilworth Swim Team
Best Group . . . . . . Greenwell Springs Youth Riders
Best Individual. . . . Dan Claitor, State Senator
Most Patriotic . . . . Vietnam Veterans
Most Original . . . . Baton Rouge Magnet High School Junior Classical League
Judges' Choice . . . . Tiger Train
Best Fits Theme. . . . Military Order of the Purple Hearts
Baton Rouge Police Department
United States Marine Corps
Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes & Drum
Boy Scout Troop 103
Mayor Kip Holden
Al Azar Grotto
Baton Rouge 4x4 Club
BREC Baton Rouge Zoo
BR Fire Department
BR Magnet HS Junior Classical League
Boy Scout Troop 103
Constable Reginald Brown
Cajun Classic Chevy Club
Senator Dan Claitor
Cub Scout Pack 103
Exchange Club of Baton Rouge
Greenwell Springs Youth Riders
Kenilworth Swim Team
Louisiana National Guard
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Navy Sea Cadets
St.George Fire Department
Krewe of Tiger Train
Vietnam Veterans of Louisiana
Women Veterans of Louisiana
Kenilworth Civic Association
Thanks to our parade sponsors, including:
USAA Insurance Company
Linda Fredericks Realty
Looking back on the 2013 Parade....
Looking back on the 2012 Parade....
Looking back on the 2011 Parade....
Looking back on the 2010 Parade....
Pictures from the 1975 Parade....
"Neighbors" Magazine article on Kenilworth Parade, June 2008
Contact the KCA through KCA@KenilworthNeighborhood.com
if your civic and/or patriotic group is interested in being in the parade!!
List of Past Grand Marshalls and Residents of the Year
In 1973, a small group of Kenilworth residents gathered on riding lawnmowers and bicycles to form a parade. Charlie Ross, Glenn Adams, Jack Conran, Margaret Mascarella, Bob Meyer, and Jerry Juneau were in that group that rode around the original part of the neighborhood, around Bromley and Kenilworth, offering neighbors a cold beer from a keg on a trailer. Neighborhood residents and their children followed playing musical instruments, ranging from trumpets to jugs.
The parade expanded in the bicentennial year of 1976, with real floats for the first time. This was before Kenilworth was extended down to Perkins, and not even Boone led out of the neighborhood back then. Mayor Woody Dumas rode in the parade, starting the tradition of the Baton Rouge Mayor helping to lead the parade.
Neighborhood children of all ages constituted the "bike brigade" during the first about 20 years of the parade. We attempted to revive this for a couple of years around 2012, including getting a big group of Xtreme bikers from the BREC Perkins Road park one year.
The parade has grown tremendously over the years. Now there are around 50 entries in the parade each year, and several thousand spectators gather to enjoy the parade.
For many years, KCA sponsored a picnic on the grounds of the Kenilworth Club midday after the parade. Tom Varnado would set up his indian tepee at the Kenilworth School staging grounds and move it during the parade to the picnic area. Hot air balloons would be staked at the school lawn and lift off 50 feet into the air, giving neighborhood kids a ride and a thrill.
The parade started honoring the Kenilworth Resident of the Year and having a parade Grand Marshal in the late 1990's.
Long time Kenilworth resident Linda Frederick, a local realtor, has sponsored the placement of flags in front of all neighborhood homes for the 4th for many years.
The parade switched from the morning of the 4th to the evening of the 3rd for a Katrina fundraiser for St.Bernard Parish Schools in 2006. Everyone enjoyed parading in the cooler evening weather and out of the scorching sun, and the parade now rolls the evening of July 3 every year.
Come join us on July 3 to celebrate our nation's independence.