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Canal Festival Grande Parade being organized

| July 17, 2013

COSHOCTON – The deadline for this year’s Coshocton Canal Festival Grande Parade is quickly approaching, and if you love a parade, you won’t want to be left out.

This year’s parade is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever, with a large variety of entries and more performing units. You can be a part of the excitement that honors the area’s canal era by joining the parade in historical clothing, a vintage car, decorated float or by using your own original idea to make your way through downtown Coshocton.

This year’s festival will take place Aug. 9-11, with the parade stepping off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. In honor of Mayor Steve Mercer’s vision of recognizing Coshocton as an all-American city, this year’s parade theme will be Made in the U.S.A.

Awards will be presented in keeping with the parade theme or keeping within the historical content of the Canal Era in the Commercial Float and Non-Commercial Float category. Awards will also be given for: Best Historical Unit, Best Walking Unit, Best Mounted Unit, Best Horse-Drawn Unit and Best Church entry. In addition, awards will be given in the automobile category for Pre-1950s, Best Truck, Mayor’s Choice, Queen’s Choice and Judges’ Choice-Best Overall.

New this year, awards will be given to marching band entries for Best Dressed, Best Musical Performance, Best Marching and Grande Champion.

All awards will be presented at the main stage at the conclusion of the Grande Parade.

The deadline for entry to the Grande Parade is Friday, July 26. Parade applications are available on the Coshocton Towne Centre Association’s website at www.coshoctontca.com, or at the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, WTNS, and the Coshocton County Beacon.

Don’t miss the fun of marching through downtown Coshocton with festival royalty, horse-drawn carriages, antique vehicles, marching units, and much, much more.

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