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City Accepting Applications for Fourth of July Parade 2016 Entries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 16, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Bill Ream, Community Events Coordinator, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, 812.349.3748 or reamw@bloomington.in.gov

City Accepting Applications for Fourth of July Parade Entries

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and partner Downtown Bloomington Inc. are accepting entries for this year's Fourth of July Parade, scheduled for Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

Floats, bands, musical groups, walking and equestrian groups, classic cars, and other entries that celebrate Indiana's bicentennial are invited to participate. No walk-up entries will be accepted.

"The Fourth of July Parade is a Bloomington tradition in which the Parks and Recreation Department is proud to take part," said Bill Ream, community events coordinator with the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. "Honoring our military, celebrating the diversity of our community, and embracing the things that make us Hoosiers is what Independence Day is all about."

Entry fee to participate in the parade is $25. Registration is limited to the first 100 applicants. Deadline to apply to be a part of the parade is June 15 at 5 p.m. Registration materials and complete parade rules can be obtained from the Parks and Recreation Web site at bloomington.in.gov/Fourth of July Parade, or by contacting Bill Ream at 812.349.3748 or reamw@bloomington.in.gov.

Fourth of July festivities begin with a concert by the Bloomington Community Band on the Courthouse square at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue, marches west to Walnut Street, north to Eighth Street, west to College Avenue, south to Kirkwood Avenue, east on Kirkwood Avenue, and ends at Indiana Avenue.

The Fourth of July Parade is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Laurens B. Strain Post 604, B-97, and Hoosier Country 105.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Best Youth Entry, Best Musical Entry, Best Overall Entry, Best Vehicle, Best Float, and Best Walking Entry. Parade awards are announced at 11:15 a.m. on the Courthouse square.

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