2013 Children's Parade Winners - wagonsThe Fishers Freedom Festival’s “Children’s Parade” is a wonderful opportunity for all children to be in a parade for free!  Show up at Holland Park (One Park Drive) on Sunday, June 29th with your patriotically-decorated bike, tricycle, Big Wheels, wagon or stroller.  You may be rewarded for your artistic ability and creativity with your decorations in celebration of our nation’s freedom.

Children's Parade 03The participant line-up and judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the parade promptly at 10:00 a.m.  No registration is required.  The parade route will travel the entire length of Ellipse Parkway starting and concluding on the south side of the park.  Spectators are invited to watch all of the decorated bicycles at curbside to cheer on the kids.

The parade is organized into three categories beginning with bicycles, next is tricycles/Big Wheels and ending with strollers/wagons.  Rounding up the parade will be the official Aaron’s Royal Court float.  Motorized items of any sort are not permitted in the parade.Childrens Parade. 08

Medals for first and second place will be awarded for the “best decorated” in each of the three parade categories, as well as “best decorated” for incorporating this year’s festival theme of “Keep Fishers Beautiful.”  The winners will receive their medals at the conclusion of the parade.  Every child will receive a goodie bag at the finish line just for participating.

SAM_2354Approximately 400 children participated in last year’s parade while hundreds of family and friends cheered them on.  Parents are welcome to participate with their child in the parade to promote fun for the entire family.

A small section of Ellipse Parkway from Holland Drive through Sunblest Boulevard on the southeast side of the park will be closed allowing the children to line-up.  Bikes, tricycles, wagons and Big Wheels can be dropped off and picked up on the east side of Holland Park at Sunblest Boulevard and Ellipse Parkway in the grassy area just south of the intersection.  Please do not block the intersection with your vehicles for you and your child’s safety.  And do not drop off or pick up items off at Ellipse Parkway and Holland Drive due to the busy traffic. Children's Parade 04

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

Childrens Parade MapThe 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29 at Holland Park and is always in need of volunteers, sponsors and advertisers.  For more information, please  email info@fishersfreedomfestival.org, visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.2009 Children's Parade