McLouth residents are putting on the city's first Patriots Day Parade April 17.
"This is for all patriots," co-chair Candace Braksick said.
Braksick helped organize the parade with co-chair Cliff Weeks and several volunteers. The event is being sponsored by the McLouth Recreation Commission and the city of McLouth.
The intent of the event is to "get people thinking about the origins of our country and the history," Braksick said.
"They're planning on doing it annually," she said.
The parade will begin at noon, with a children's parade starting at 10 a.m. It will travel south on Union Street, which will be lined with American flags.
The Fort Riley Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard and the Leavenworth High School ROTC Fife and Drum Corps will highlight the parade, along with riders portraying American patriots like George Washington and Paul Revere. Military bands, veterans groups, civic organizations and horse-drawn vehicles will fill out the 40 to 50 entries.
There will be some bleacher seating available, but organizers encourage visitors to bring chairs or blankets with them. The McLouth American Legion will have a military memorabilia display during the afternoon.
Patriots Day is celebrated in some New England states on April 19. The date is the anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary War in 1775.
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