New­port cen­ten­nial set to kick off with a pa­rade June 30

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The open­ing cer­e­mony for New­port’s Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion is sched­uled to be­gin at 10:45 a.m., Sat­ur­day, June 30, in front of the Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing.

Lo­cal and state dig­ni­taries will kick off the cel­e­bra­tion fol­lowed by a pa­rade be­gin­ning at 11 a.m.

The pa­rade will de­part from School Street, making its way down Main Street to the traf­fic light on the cor­ner of Main and East Main Street.

Pa­rade Com­mis­sioner Steve Edger­ley, who has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence putting on pa­rades, says that this will be one for the record books.

At least ten bands will march, in­clud­ing the North Coun­try Union ju­nior and se­nior high school bands, bag­pipers, fife and drum­mers, a Bavar­ian brass band, and more.

Floats featuring lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions will be featured in the parade.

Organizers say that it’s not too late to en­ter a float, and that tro­phies will be awarded in a va­ri­ety of categories.

For more information, please con­tact Mr. Edger­ley at 334-6912, or email Ken­tuck­yVT@com­

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