Montgomery names Independence Day Parade winners
The following award recipients were honored after the annual Montgomery Independence Day Parade for their enthusiasm and patriotic spirit. These winning parade entries received certificates and ribbons thanking them for their participation in the parade.
- The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution won the Best Patriotic Spirit ribbon for their unhampered display of patriotism. All of the members of the Cincinnati Chapter trace their lineage to patriot ancestors of the War for American Independence. The members of the guard are uniformed in the full Continental Army or State Militia uniform of their ancestors.
- The Best Float ribbon was awarded to Montgomery Sister Cities Commission. Members of the commission organized a float to celebrate Montgomery’s sister city, Neuilly-Plaisance, France. The members of this commission also organize and host the annual Bastille Day Celebration in downtown Montgomery on July 14. Emperor Napoleon made a brief appearance at this year’s parade.
- The Best Overall ribbon was given to Dance Concepts Studio. Located in Montgomery, Dance Concepts Studio has been teaching dance and enriching lives in the art of dance for almost 50 years. They offer classes to dancers, ages 3 years to adult, in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and have an award-winning dance team.
Thanks also go to City volunteers and parade judges: Ron Messer, a Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) Class of 2018 graduate and member of the Fire Levy Campaign Committee; Laith Alfaqih, member of the City of Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Environmental Advisory Commission; and Elizabeth Hedrick, a Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy Class of 2018 graduate and special event volunteer. A special thank you goes to parade announcers Greg Leader and Nancy Nolan.
Plan next year to be a part of Montgomery’s July 4, 2019 celebration, a day filled with patriotism, community pride, and memories that will last a lifetime.