Gary Independence Day Parade winners announced - September 2, 2016

Courtesy of The Chicago Crusader • September 2, 2016

By Crusader

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson recently held a press conference at City Hall to announce the winning entries in the annual Independence Day Parade held on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

The parade was a celebration of the national holiday showcasing the festive spirit of the community. The city also observed the state of Indiana’s Bicentennial Birthday during the parade selecting “Celebrating History…Igniting the Future” as the parade theme. The theme is the state’s 200th Birthday theme.

Judges awarded first, second and third place trophies to winners in four different categories; float, vehicle, walking unit and musical marching unit. The 2016 Best Overall Winner was a float entered by the GSD/Gary Storm Water Management District and Green Urbansim/Environmental Affairs Division. Other winners in the various categories, as well as what place they won are as follows:

Float – Recycling Department, 1st; Pop On Teen Violence & Methodist Hospitals Trauma Center, 2nd; and the Calumet Township Trustee, 3rd;

Vehicle – Corvette Club, 1st; 219 Riderz Motorcycle Club, 2nd; and Power & Light Church, 3rd;

Walking Unit – Asia’s Dance Factory, 1st; Dynamic Dancing Divas, 2nd; and Janet Jackson Featuring Missy Elliot, 3rd;

Musical Marching Unit – Power & Light Church, 1st; McKinley Boy’s Drumline, 2nd; and Michigan City Soul Steppers, 3rd.