Carmelfest parade to honor CHS band, veterans


For 30 years, CarmelFest has celebrated Independence Day by entertaining Carmel families. One of the time-honored traditions is the July 4 parade, this year sponsored by Centier Bank.

Each year, the parade aims to delight Carmel residents with local bands, floats, local celebrities, mascots, color guards, cheerleaders, motorcycle drill teams and military heroes.

“This year, the Indiana University calliope will be in the parade for the first time,” said Bec Hunter, parade director. “It will also perform in the festival area after the parade.”

The Carmel High School Marching Band will serve as grand marshal of the parade in honor of its third consecutive Bands of America Grand National Championship title.

“A national title is a big deal, so we wanted to honor them,” Hunter said. “We’ve decided since CHS has several state championship teams that we’re going to do an entry honoring all of them as well.”

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. The route begins at AAA Way and Carmel Drive. It heads west on Carmel Drive, north on Range Line Road and east on Main Street, ending at Carmel High School.

“The only reason we would cancel or postpone is if it’s storming,” Hunter said.

The parade will once again be streamed live on the CBS4 Indy Facebook page.

“Our longtime announcers, Dave Dugan and Paul Mendenhall, will be back to announce the parade entries,” Hunter said. “The parade would just not be the same without them.”

The Ft. Wayne Air National Guard Military Jets will conduct a flyover.

Each year, the parade honors past, present and newly enlisted military personnel, regardless of where they call home with the RE/MAX Legends Group military tribute grand finale.

“My husband is a Vietnam veteran, and he used to tell me how badly they were treated when they came home from the war,” Hunter said. “I thought it was horrible, so I wanted to create a military tribute.”

There is a no-pet policy for the parade.