Plans are underway for the 11th annual Proud to Be an American Honor our Military Boat Parade, followed by an Independence Day celebration in Monticello City Park, and year’s event promises to be filled with all of the excitement and small-town fun locals have come to expect from the annual military celebration.
According to Parade Organizer Joe Crivello, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 4, and will honor veterans of the Vietnam War.
“Each year we honor a particular branch of the military, and this year it will be the Vietnam veterans,” he said. “They will be honored as parade grand marshals, and more than 100 veterans are expected to be in attendance.”
Crivello said that each grand marshal will be photographed and receive a city proclamation and commemorative medal from Monticello Mayor Ken Houston.
Boat Parade Schedule of Events 2015Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Now in its eleventh year, we celebrate the Independence Day Weekend in Monticello, Indiana by filling the Madam Carroll with military veterans to lead the long line of over 95 decorated boats. Homes along the eight mile Lake Freeman route display the colors. Then it is on to what this holiday is all about in small town America with free hot dogs, free watermelon and free ice cream in the city park. This celebration with fun, food and free games for the entire family draws more than 1,600.
|8:15 AM||Begin Loading Madam Carroll; Board Grand Marshals – (Vietnam War Veterans) welcomed by the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe, fife, and drum corps.|
|9:20 AM||Posting of Colors – Combined Honor Guard - American Legion, Monticello AMVETS & VFW with 21 Gun Salute
|9:30 AM||Madam Carroll Departs|
|10:00 AM||White & Carroll County Sheriffs Arrives (Oakdale)
|10:45 AM||Oakdale Dam Area
|11:00 AM||Parade Begins - Line-up:
Reviewing Stand Arrivals (Sportsman Inn Deck)
|Noon||Military Flyovers by the Hooligans precision flight demo team|
|12:20 PM||Madam Carroll Docks
|1-4 PM||CELEBRATION IN THE PARK
|4 PM||Proud To Be An American Scholarship Awards|
Schedule of Events
UPDATED 30 March 2015
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Lest We Forget!
Each year we salute our military personnel. This year, 2015, we are proud to announce the Parade Grand Marshalls: Our Vietnam Veterans! We urge all community members, families and visitors to join us in this grand celebration. Also, review what a group of Vietnam Veterans accomplished for our event in 2014.
Thank You Partners!
A special thanks to the Tootsie Roll Company, Chicago IL. They donated 90 pounds of American Flag wrapped Tootsies to give away during our Celebration!
McDonald's gets up early on parade day to make fresh baked cookies for all aboard the Madam Carroll!
All aboard the boat will also receive complimentary Kinser's donuts and coffee courtesy of the AMVETS along with a blue fabric Walmart shopping bag filled with goodies.
In the Park, the Monticello Kiwanis grill and give away 1500 hot dogs donated by Kroger.
The Bank of Wolcott serves free watermelon and the Hubbard GM Center, along with the Bank, gives away bottled water
Fountain Pepsi Cola products are served free by the Roosevelt Middle School Cheerleaders. They clean up the park and Madam Carroll - perhaps a free will donation might be in order for the drinks.
Frito Lay donates of 2000+ bags of chips, pretzels, etc to give away in park.