Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Peaselburg Parade slice of Americana

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Kyle Brake, 16 months, of Lakeside Park checks out a sousaphone at the Fort Mitchell parade.
(Michael E. Keating photos)
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        COVINGTON — It was hot and humid Tuesday, but that didn't deter Linda Fryman and her dog, Skeeter, from returning to the old neighborhood and marching in the Peaselburg Parade.

        Ms. Fryman, who lived in Peaselburg for several years but now lives in another part of Covington, still attends Mass at St. Augustine Church at 19th and Jefferson. And she hasn't missed a Peaselburg Parade for six years.

        “It's still fun to walk in the parade,” she said. “But I think Skeeter needs a drink of water; she's tired.”

        The Peaselburg Parade is one of the oldest July Fourth celebrations in Northern Kentucky, dating to the early 1960s.

        It is a true neighborhood event with kids on bikes or walking, folks tossing candy to the spectators from vans and pickup trucks, and the Covington police and fire departments adding their lights and sirens to the event. There were even three horses and a pony.

        Covington Mayor Jim Eggemeier and City Commissioners Jerry Stricker, Jerry Bamberger and Butch Callery walked the entire length of the parade, which spanned several blocks around St. Augustine.

        “We were positioned behind the people riding the horses,” Mr. Eggemeier said with a grin. “I'm not sure how that happened, but we stayed far enough behind to make sure there were no accidents.”

        In Edgewood, a number of people who had adopted dogs through the Humane Society of Kentucky marched in the parade with their pets to show support for the society's program.

        In Fort Thomas, the festivities not only included the annual parade, but a 5K run, a tennis tournament at the Tower Park courts, and various events and music throughout the day at the park.

        In Florence, people dined on food from 10 area restaurants at the Taste of Boone County in the parking lots of Turfway Park, and enjoyed the sight of dozens of custom cars and hot rods.

        In Edgewood, Fort Mitchell and Florence, the evening concluded with fireworks displays.


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