22 Apr Heritage Days celebration includes location, parade changes
The 2016 Heritage Days celebration will have a new location for the carnival and Kids Zone, and the parade will have a change of route. Indiana Celebrating 200 Years kicks off on Wednesday, June 15 with an evening with the carnival and runs through Sunday, June 19. Pathfinder Services is the official sponsor of Heritage Days.
The carnival runs from Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19, and will move from its former Warren Street location to Cherry Street and some adjoining areas. The Kids Zone, which begins after the parade on Saturday, June 18, will also be located on Cherry Street.
Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce said, “The decision to change the location of Heritage Days activities this year, including the carnival and Kids Fun Zone to Cherry Street, was made as fewer businesses will be affected by the activities and there will be less street closures.”
The Heritage Days Parade, Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m., will line up at Huntington North High School and along MacGahan Street as usual. It then follows down Jefferson Street to Park Drive. At Park Drive the parade will turn left and follow to Warren Street, turning right and following Warren Street to the railroad tracks. The route will continue right on State Street and follow on to South Jefferson Street concluding at Etna Avenue.
Participants in this year’s parade are invited to celebrate Indiana’s 200th Birthday through their entry. Indiana became a state December 11, 1816, and even though Huntington was not yet a town, area residents have contributed toward many developments in the state. Work on the canal, lime for building use throughout the country, the development of railroads and contributions to the health, automotive, food, and other industries all have come from Huntington County.