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Arbors Neighborhood to hold 4th of July parade

Geneva neighborhood organizers say plans are coming together for the Arbors Neighborhood 4th of July Family Fun Parade that will take place on Monday July 4th at 10 am from McDonough Field parking lot at Nursery Avenue and Lyceum Street. The parade line up begins at 9 am and while there are no registration forms to complete, volunteers will be on hand to line up entries. Red, white and blue streamers have been hung along the parade route that begins on Nursery Avenue heading south to a right turn onto west High Street. The patriotic-themed parade will continue west on High Street to the Arbors green at Reed Street. Live music and sponsor information tables will be featured at the Arbors green before and after the parade. Parade organizer, Jerry Ashley, said “The Arbors welcomes all neighborhoods, groups, and businesses to join in on the celebration. There are lots of ways our Geneva neighbors can participate.” The Arbors is challenging local neighborhoods to use their imagination to carry out the patriotic theme with their leashed pet, strollers, skateboards, 5-gallon bucket “drummers” and noise-makers of all kinds, wagons, wheelbarrows, dance groups or gymnasts, church youth groups, riding lawn mowers or ATVs with utility trailer floats, motorcycles, antique and special interest cars and trucks, vehicles from local businesses, etc. decorated with flags or in red, white, and blue. If it can move, decorate it and join the fun. We are also searching for any and all local Veteran or fraternal organizations’ color guards to present the flag in honor of the 240th birthday of the United States.” Ashley added, “Those that just want to watch from the curb and be entertained are asked to BYOLC – Bring Your Own Lawn Chair.” Envisioned from inception as a family friendly event, Bill Kohlberger, co-owner and general manager of the Geneva Red Wings that calls McDonough Park home, has told the parade organizers to pencil them in for a spot in the line-up. The Family Fun Parade plans attracted the attention of Wegmans Food Market who will have a group from the Geneva store to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the family-owned grocer and spotlight some of the local scholarship award winners. Arbors Neighborhood Association leader, Steve Muzzi, expressed enthusiasm for the parade plans. As the Arbors is home to McDonough Park and with hopes of growing the 4th of July festivities in coming years, Muzzi stated, “We’re looking forward to hosting this community event. It’ll be fun way for people to kickoff their 4th of July activities.” Rhonda Everdyke, the Neighborhood Strategic Planning & Leadership Development Coordinator at the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center was instrumental with the planning and approval process, working closely with the city and various city departmental staff. She added, “Each of the 11 neighborhoods are such a critical part of Geneva being something that is celebrated. This patriotic parade is going to be so much fun for all. This event will highlight the hard work from the planning committee of The Arbors Neighborhood Association-they have been a great team to work with.” Ashley said “There is a trophy for the “Most Patriotic”, so we’d like folks to be imaginative and clever – deck yourself out in red, white and blue and have some fun.” The participant awarded the trophy will be asked to represent the Arbors in the Geneva Fireman’s Parade, Saturday, July 9th. Parade organizers are asking the residents of the Arbors to help make the setting more festive for neighborhood visitors and guests by decorating their homes and properties in red, white and blue. Residents should note that beginning at 9:45 am, July 4th, the following streets will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade: Lyceum Street between Optical Street and Nursery Avenue; Nursery Avenue between Lyceum Street and High Street; and High Street between Nursery Avenue and Bennett Street. All side street intersections with High Street between Nursery Avenue and Bennett Street will also be closed. Organizers are also requesting no parking on Nursery Avenue between Lyceum and High Street and High Street between Nursery Avenue and Bennett Street from 9 am until approximately 11 am or until the parade ends. For further information, contact Jerry Ashley (315) 325-4122 or find the Arbors Neighborhood Association on facebook and nextdoor.com.

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