Parade organizers looking for help

Snow is still on the ground, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead.

The Warren Fourth of July parade needs your help.

Warren County Fourth of July parade committee members John Schwone and Kelly Thompson are looking for a number of volunteers to help organize the parade, which is now in its 66th year.

Volunteers are needed to help in a number of ways, including organizing the parade, set up, clean-up and selling tickets. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Thompson at 723-8757.

Donations from residents and local businesses are also needed. Anyone interested donating to the parade can call 688-9862 for more information or mail donations to Warren County 4th of July Organization, P.O. Box 434, Warren, with attention to John or Kelly.

Last year’s 65th parade ended early after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning. It was also the last year of the long-standing tradition of reserving front-row seating using lawn chairs as place markers.

Warren City Council approved a resolution shortly after the parade that limits any “type of seating, including, but not limited to, chairs, benches, and blankets (from being) placed upon any sidewalk, public right-of-way, or City property adjacent to a parade route in excess of 72 hours prior to a parade.”

The measure, covering all parades that occur in the city, was passed unanimously.

The resolution also requires that all seating be removed by 9 p.m. the day of a parade.

“City staff recognize that early placement of lawn chairs is long-standing tradition and we would like to see this continue,” City of Warren Parks and Recreation Director Mary Ann Nau told council during that meeting. However, she cited several “significant public health and safety concerns,” including problems for people exiting cars, a hindrance for emergency personnel, and a safety concern during high-wind storms.