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West Park Celebrates Annual Independence Day Parade

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

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Hundreds of people lined the streets of Cleveland's West Park neighborhood today to watch the annual Kiwanis Club Independence Day Parade.

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Rob Portman supporters campaign for the U.S. senator at the West Park Kiwanis Club Independence Day Parade. Families and children gaze up in awe at the fire trucks and antique cars along the parade route.

Decked out in patriotic swag, onlookers cheered as antique cars, Girl Scout troops, and politicians stumped down the 2 mile route.

Local politicians ranging from city council members to U.S. Senator Rob Portman carried banners and passed out bags of candy to kids standing on the sidelines.

Christopher Grey lives in West Park has been coming out to watch from the sidelines for the last 10 years.  He says he’s not bothered by the political campaigning in the parade.

Grey: “It didn’t begin that way, but if you give it a moment it was sort of inevitable, especially for judges who have limited funds and limited opportunities to campaign.  This is a great opportunity because a large percentage of the area in the two wards that comprise West Park vote.”

The parade started in 1968 and has been sponsored by the West Park Kiwanis Club for the last 26 years. 

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