Americana Festival parade draws a patriotic and political crowd

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN)- At the intersection of Far Hills and Franklin Street people were on their feet as war veterans and boy scouts carrying the American Flag led this year’s Americana Festival parade.  The Fourth of July celebration did not disappoint. There was plenty of sunshine and the morning offered a cool start rarely felt in July.

We met people who were viewing their first parade, not just babies, but at least one new U.S. citizen told 2 NEWS how much he was enjoying the birthday celebration.

The children seemed most excited about the candy and the fire trucks, but the horses and the adoptable dogs also got their attention. Many groups walked the route, some asking for votes this November.  Governor John Kasich was the honorary Grand Marshal.

The Americana Fourth of July Festival started in 1972.  It now amounts to a day filled with live music, an array of food vendors and artists selling their work, capped off by fireworks at 10 p.m.  Watch our coverage starting at 5 p.m. on 2 NEWS.

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