2017 INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE ON JULY 3RD

July 3rd at 6:30 pm – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE TO BE IN THE PARADE!

Download the PDF information sheet and entry form here: 2017-KCA-Independence-Day-Parade-Letter

The theme of this year’s parade is “LIVING IN AMERICA”

Grand Marshal – Mike Manning, President & CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

Kenilworth Residents of the Year – Dudley and Helen Fricke

This is your invitation to participate in the 45th Annual Independence Day Parade sponsored by the Kenilworth Civic Association!

We would be honored to have your organization participate in the parade, one of the largest events in Louisiana celebrating our nation’s independence, and join the hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators it receives each year.  The annual parade is a Baton Rouge tradition, and this year will mark the 45th time we gather to celebrate our great nation!

The parade is a great event to showcase your organization and reach thousands of Baton Rouge citizens in a fun, family friendly atmosphere, or just participate and have fun!  Families are welcome to participate in the parade as well.  Join us and throw those beads you’ve collected from Mardi Gras!

  • Schools – School may be out for summer, but your faculty and students can still join us and have fun!
  • Churches & Religious Organizations – Offer your congregation a unique summer event to participate in and celebrate our great country. Families are welcome to join as well, so please help spread the word!
  • Government & Non-Profit Organizations – Spread the message of the good work your group does for the Baton Rouge community and raise awareness for your cause.
  • Businesses & Sports Organizations – Market directly to thousands of spectators and create an opportunity for your group to represent the organization they love to be a part of!
  • Families – Create a new family tradition, drive your cars, trucks, pull a boat, etc… and have fun!

The 2017 parade is scheduled to roll at 6:30 pm on Monday, July 3rd.  It lasts about an hour and rolls as long as weather permits.  The route begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School on Boone Drive.  Participating groups should arrive at the school at 5:30 pm or earlier for set-up and staging.

Don’t miss out on the fun! We anxiously await your reply to participate in this year’s parade.  Please contact us with any questions you may have at parade@kenilworthneighborhood.com.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO BE IN THE PARADE!

Due to the cost of required parade insurance, a voluntary donation in the recommended amount of $50
($25 for civic/community organizations) is requested to support the parade.  Please make your donation check payable to “Kenilworth Civic Association.”  Thank you for your support!

Donations can be made online through Paypal by clicking here.

INFORMATION FOR PARADE PARTICIPANTS

• Be in place by 5:45 pm or earlier in the parking lot of the Kenilworth Science and Technology School (7600 Boone Drive)

• Parade officials will be there starting at 4:30 pm to stage groups at their assigned places in the parking lot.  (parade officials will be in flag-themed shirts or red shirts and will have handouts showing where you should set up in the parking lot)

• DO NOT PARK NON-PARADE VEHICLES IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT!

• The parade route is 1.8 miles long. The parade takes about one hour.

• Group placement in the parade is as random as possible.

• While there are water stations along the parade route and at the school parking lot, it’s a good idea to bring some water to drink.

• Show your Louisiana spirit: bring beads and trinkets to throw!

• If you have a large float, please have people walking along the float to help with safety. Please make sure we know if you have a large float so you can be staged properly.

• This is an outdoor event and will be held as long as weather conditions permit and do not threaten the safety of participants or spectators. KCA will attempt to communicate status via e-mail and will attempt to update our webpage with information. Unfortunately, we do not have a rain date, so join with us in praying for good weather!

• Be in good taste for this family-oriented event.

• Have fun! God bless America!

KCA Networking Through Websites, Yahoo Groups, Facebook, and E-mail Addresses

KCA Networking Through Available Websites, Yahoo Groups, Facebook, and E-mail Addresses

Electronic communication is a value and a key part of any organization. The internet can be a wealth of information, confirmed or unconfirmed. KCA wants to make sure you, as a member, are clear on what Kenilworth Civic Association sponsors and what we have no control over.
The goal of this article is not to dissuade you in any way as to where you go to receive your information but to explain the differences between the various sites.

1. http://kenilworthneighborhood.com/ is our official website established by the KCA board to provide information about our neighborhood. Paul Sicard and Aaron Keating, a board member, maintain this website. This is where you can find information about the KCA Independence Day parade, photos from the parade and Luminaries, and other matters about our neighborhood.

2. Paul also maintains an e-mail account, which is for parade business since it is a huge undertaking every year. The address is: parade@kenilworthneighborhood.com

3. Celeste Robin, our administrator, maintains an email address if you have concerns or questions about subjects besides the parade. That email address is kca@kenilworthneighborhood.com. She sends out a quarterly newsletter filled with useful information just like this article! This is the best address to use to email your concerns and suggestions directly to the KCA board.

4. Our official Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Kenilworth-Civic-Association-2835…/ where you can find dates and reminders of events in Kenilworth and also find pictures.

Three Non-KCA sponsored groups using Kenilworth name –

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KenilworthSubdivisionNews/ . This yahoo group was established by a former resident of Kenilworth and is now being managed by Phil Beaver. This group has no formal relationship with our civic association. Its goal is to provide information useful to Kenilworth residents, including weekly summaries of crime in the area.
  • 2. http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/kenilworthbr/ is the link to a Facebook group page that provides information about Kenilworth subdivision. Christine Grenat, a resident of Kenilworth, established this Facebook group. The KCA board has no formal relationship with this group in that it was not created or managed by the KCA board. This is a great place to post information about a lost pet, a garage sale and such.
  • Nextdoor.com and app – This is a company based out of San Francisco, California that connects you to your neighbors by confirming your address. These are personal conversations between a radius of neighbors. Members can start communications on any topic. Some examples include “strange vehicle”, “lost dog”, “piano for sale”, “looking for good handyman”. We have used and tested all these sites and we would recommend learning the settings on the amount of emails and notifications this app and website bring in. Other than that, this website is useful and specific.

We are not aware of any law which prohibits the use of the Kenilworth name by anyone who chooses to use it. We are hopeful that anyone who chooses to use the name, would do so in the best interest of the neighborhood and of the civic association. The KCA board encourages all those who invest their time and talent to enhance life in the neighborhood by making important information available to residents via the internet. At the same time, we saw a need to distinguish official KCA sites from other sites. We hope you find this information helpful.
In 2011, the KCA board began obtaining email addresses of its members in order to electronically distribute newsletters and other announcements of interest to KCA members. Additionally, the KCA board maintains a list of email addresses of all Kenilworth residents, not just KCA members, who are willing to provide them. This is important to the Civic Association because it enables us to electronically distribute important information, including safety concerns, immediately to hundreds of households. We will never sell or share your email address with anyone.

2017 Kenilworth Luminaries

Best Lighting- corner of Kenilworth Parkway and Leycester – oh, so many lights!

Best Block – Sunbury Circle, Disney theme

Most Original- Louray Cajun Christmas House

Most Whimsical- Chippenham, just off Boone. Turn your radio on 93.5 when you pull up!

Most Religious- 300 block of Daventry
They were so excited!

Best Mailbox – Boone, across from school.
Stiff competition but they did it!

Best Door – 1500 block of Kenilworth Parkway
Also some cute ones on Louray and Daventry

Judge’s Choice – 1300 block of Kenilworth Parkway. Multiple decorated houses in this area.

North Pole Award – Find some reindeer in the 800 block of Chippenham

Perennially Wonderful – Corner of Stoneleigh and Sunbury – always a big attraction!

Best Live Portrayal – 700 block of Bromley.
Just look for the 20 foot mega tree and a red keep in the yard! This display also has music!