Northville Foundation parade welcomes pets, bikes
Jul. 2, 2015 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
When the Northville Community Foundation 4th of July Parade starts from the corner of Griswold and Main Street at 10 a.m. on Independence Day, entries will include the anticipated floats, characters, bands, classic and vintage cars, veterans groups and fire trucks along with the popular decorated bike and pet parade sections.
The theme of the parade this year, American Memories, will be prevalent on all the entries, explained Foundation Executive Director Jessica Striegle, and especially on the decorated bikes where youngsters will be vying for a $50 Meijer gift certificate awarded to the best decorated entry in both the boys and girls categories.
Children 5 and older are invited every year to decorate their bikes, and sometimes even trikes, with patriotic red, white and blue adornments and join the event. They do not pay an entry fee, nor do they have to pre-register, they simply show up at the Northville Downs parking lot at the corner of Sheldon and Seven Mile Road by 9:20 a.m. on the Fourth of July riding their decorated wheels.
Parents are welcome to walk alongside the young bikers during the parade.
During the past 15 years, crowds have seen a goldfish in his bowl riding along the parade route in a wagon pulled by his proud 5-year-old owner, cats dressed in bonnets carried in baskets, birds in cages and lots and lots of dogs. Lots of dogs as part of the parade.
There is always a crowd of proud young owners who welcome the chance to show off their pets. Owners do not have to pre-register, but meet at the Northville Downs parking lot the morning of the parade and be assigned a spot in the assembly.
The event is sponsored again this year by Meadowbrook and Breckenridge Veterinary Clinics. Striegle said the event is always in need of more volunteers to help with the lining up of entries the day of the parade. To volunteer, or for more information, contact the foundation at (248) 374-0200. The parade is sponsored by St.
Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia and supported by Meijer, Community Financial Credit Union, Tom Holzer Ford, Aisin World Corp. and Blackwell Ford.