By Ethan Colbert
Members of the 399th Army Band, a military band based out of Fort Leonard Wood, will help to lead Saturday’s Champ Clark Heritage Festival Parade through Bowling Green, according to event organizers.
In a telephone interview on Monday, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Excecutive Director Sarrah Gigous said she is hopeful that people from throughout the area will come to Bowling Green to watch the military band march through the community.
“This is very exciting for us,” Gigous said. “We’ve never had this group here before. When we shared the news that they were coming on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, we got a huge response about it.”
In light of the military band’s presence in Bowling Green, Gigous said she would be encouraging parade watchers to wave American flags or to dress in patriotic-themed attire.
“It would be really terrific if somebody wanted to make that patriotic gesture,” Gigous said.
The parade, which will start from the high school parking lot on West Adams Street and proceed to South Court Street and then onto West Church Street before returning to the high school, begins at 10 a.m.
Parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. in the high school parking lot. There is no cost to register an entry in the parade.
In addition to the military band, the parade will also feature various local members of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, who were selected by the Chamber of Commerce to be this year’s Grand Marshals. The Grand Marshals will be escorted by the Color Guard of the Champ Clark Memorial V.F.W. Post No. 5553 and the 399th Army Band.
The festival parade line-up also includes a number of vintage tractors, classic automobiles, decorated floats representing civic organizations and businesses, and local high school marching bands.