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4th of July Parade Went 'Pretty Well' Chairman Says

The Kiwanis Parade Chairman for 2012 said he was pleased with this year's 4th of July parade in Danville.

For nearly 50 years, the local Kiwanis club has been running the 4th of July Parade through Danville.

Last Wednesday, on July 4, .

"The parade went pretty well I think," Kiwanis 2012 Parade Chairman Wayne Wickham said. "There was a good variety of entertainment."

This year there were 131 groups involved. These groups ranged from sponsors like Safeway to community organizations like the Rotary club and the Cub Scouts.

Some groups were paid sponsors while other community groups were allowed to walk for free, Wickham said.

All the funds raised from Kiwanis events are passed out to several dozens of charities that submitted various grant proposals to the Kiwanis for funding. The Kiwanis was able to donate $35,000 to $40,000 last year, with the biggest event being the 4th of July Parade.

Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said that roughly 45,000 attended the parade, which was more than last year. He added that this is just a rough estimate, not exact numbers.

Wickham said that the parade hasn't changed too much over the last few years except for some mechanical tweaks to try and quicken the pace.

He also said he wanted to get more entertainment into the parade and felt that he accomplished that.

Next year, the parade will have a new chairman, as it rotates yearly.

Part of the parade included a political contingent, which Danville Patch readers have been discussing .

What do you think... were there more spectators this year? Less? Or the same?

Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Mel: Haha -- funny!
Beau Hunk July 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Tom @7:22 wants "No politicians and no real estate agents. Of course our mayor can be part of the parade." Then what about a town councilman, Tom? And how about a sitting assemblyman or state senator, our elected representatives? And if you let them in, what about their opponents in the upcoming election? Gotta have equal time, you know. It's unfortunate and maddening, but politics is everywhere these days.
Terry Parris Jr. July 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Beau makes a good point... and especially during an election year. Imagine the uproar that wound ensue by allowing the incumbent to roll in the parade (under the premise of only allowing those currently elected to participate) but disallowing the challenger.
Tom July 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I am ok with ANY Danville office holder in the parade and THAT is where I draw the line. Beau has discovered the slippery slope here.... I am not saying this is right or fair just my own wish list.
Tom July 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM
OK fine they can all march but they have to do nothing but that silly wave and all still have to clean up the garbage at the end.

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