The 19th annual Red, White, Blue & You Celebration is in full swing. Get the scheduled events here and be a part of the fun. 

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Come out and celebrate America's independence this 4th of July as the City of Lake Charles 2014 Red, White, Blue & You Celebration.  Participants and spectators alike are invited to join in the fun for the parade, pies, concerts and of course the fireworks display.

Don't miss the Red, White and You Parade at 6 p.m. Friday July 4th.  The year's Grand Marshal is seven-year-old Emma Leger.  Emma is a third grader at St. John Elementary and enjoys horses, singing, dancing, gardening, spending time with her two dogs and playing football with her brothers.

A year ago she was diagnosed with leukemia, but she has a lot of courage and is making great strides with her treatment.  Her parent's Tracie and Paul Leger, say Emma has 17 months left of chemotherapy and is "handling her treatments well."

The parade will take in downtown Lake Charles starting from Mill Street, south on Ryan Street and end at Lock Park. For parade rules and entry forms, contact the City of Lake Charles at 337-491-9159.  By the way anyone who would like to participate in the parade is invited to decorate their floats, vehicles, golf carts, bicycles, marching units and more.

Denise Fasske, event manager explained the short distance of this years parade, “This route is the perfect distance for kids to participate by decorating their bikes and wagons and filing in line.”  

After the parade head to the front lawn of the Lake Charles Civic Center for a patriotic program beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the sounds of Paul Gonsoulin & John Guidroz, Westlake High School Jazz Combo, Lake Charles Community Band and conductor Leo Murray will also take the stage with a special salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a sing-a-long with the Louisiana Choral Foundation and friends.

There will plenty for kids and the young at heart to enjoy like face painting, balloon clowns and great food from local vendors.  Festival t-shirts will be on sale for $7.  If the weather doesn't cooperate, the program will be moved inside the Civic Center Coliseum.  Complimentary flags will also be handed out.

Hopefully, we'll have clear skies, because at approximately 9:15 pm the Red, White, Blue & You firework display will kick-off.  Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs to further enjoy the celebration.  Our sister stations Fun Radio 92.9 FM and Gator 99 will simulcast the event, so be sure to tune in.

Red White Blue & You has been voted one of the "Top 20 Events" among 11 states for the month of July by the Southeast Tourism Society.  So come out and enjoy!

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