Kenilworth Civic Association parade is Thursday

The Kenilworth Civic Association holds its 42nd annual Independence Day Parade on Thursday in honor of the American Red Cross.

The parade starts rolling at 6:30 p.m., beginning and ending at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, 7600 Boone Drive, east of Kenilworth Parkway.

Civic groups, military and veterans groups, bands and government organizations will all take part in this year’s parade. The theme is Learning to Love Liberty.

The parade will put a spotlight on American Red Cross volunteers with the grand marshal being Ruark Chick, chair of the board of directors of the Louisiana Capital Area Red Cross. He has served with the Red Cross for seven years and was named chairman this month. He will march with a group of volunteers and “Wylie,” the battery-operated, child-sized emergency response vehicle.

The parade will also honor Bob Mathews as the 2014 Kenilworth Resident of the Year. Mathews, who has lived in Kenilworth for 25 years, has served on the civic association’s board for eight years. Among his accomplishments is leading a jambalaya fundraiser to help Hurricane Katrina victims in 2006. He is president of the Sunrise Rotary House Foundation, a volunteer organization. He has four children and 10 grandchildren.

For more details, visit kenilworthneighborhood.com/JULY4KCA.htm.

Editor’s note: The headline was changed on Thursday, July 3, to correct the date of the parade. The date was already correct in the story.