Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

July 7, 2013

Parade showcases Kokomo's rich history

Thousands pack downtown to watch the annual parade.

From the first cars produced by Elwood Haynes to the oldest locally owned business, the annual Haynes Apperson Festival parade Saturday emphasized Kokomo’s rich history.

Led by a 1968 Kokomo Police Department Harley Davidson driven by Capt. Heath Haalck, the parade featured more than 30 motorcycles, 70 automobiles and a host of floats from area businesses and organizations. Also on display were Haynes automobiles from 1902, 1918 and 1921.

“It took me a while to get used to it,” said Haalck of driving the older-model Harley.

“The throttle is on the left side instead of the right and the clutch is down by the foot pedal,” he said. “It’s different.”

Haalck was followed by two newer police Harleys, KPD’s Color Guard and KPD’s mounted patrol.

“I like the old police motorcycle,” said Rob Martin as he stood at the corner of Mulberry and Market streets watching the start of the parade.

“The horses are pretty cool,” he said of KPD’s newly-formed four-horse patrol. “I guess they have a better vantage point sitting that high.”

Martin’s main focus was on seeing his wife, Michelle, daughter, Deanna, 15, and son, Jacob, 9, in the Community Howard float.

“This will be the first time I’ve watch the parade,” he said. “It brings back memories of when I was a kid.”

As for the festival, Martin said he liked the move from downtown to Foster Park.

“It’s pretty nice at the park last night,” he said. “I was at the [Here Come the Mummies] concert. It was a pretty good show and it was crowded.”

Parade goers were met with gray skies as they took their positions downtown to watch the parade. Fortunately, though, the rains stayed away and the parade went on as planned.

People lined the streets, some standing, some sitting in lawn chairs and other sitting on the curbs along the parade route as the cars, motorcycles, fire engines and floats wound their way through downtown.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Waterford Place looking to expand More senior living options could be on the way in Kokomo. Waterford Place Health Campus, located in the 800 block of St. Joseph Drive, is looking to expand with 11 new senior duplexes after receiving approval from the Kokomo Plan Commission’s plat co

    July 31, 2014

  • BMV offering driver tests in 11 languages INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering drivers tests in 11 languages other than English that are spoken across Indiana. BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Wednesday the decision was made at the urging of businesses, un

    July 31, 2014

  • Tionna Brown 02 Kokomo celebrates Tionna Brown's gold medal victories Little boys with pretend gold medals around their necks fought Wednesday to get their pictures taken with a pint-sized superstar who had won three real gold medals for herself. Twelve-year-old Tionna Brown just returned from Texas after competing in

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • KFD Rescue 2 Staffing changes leave Kokomo Fire Department with one rescue truck A shift in how the Kokomo Fire Department is staffed and responds to calls has some firefighters worried they will not have access to all the equipment they need. City officials, however, maintain there will be no change in the quality of service pro

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo Police officers reach out to public Tuesday Kokomo police will be out in full force Tuesday in area neighborhoods. In addition to their regular patrols, officers will be out getting to know residents and the issues they may have as part of National Night Out, a crime prevention event. National

    July 30, 2014

  • Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv

    July 30, 2014

  • Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man is celebrating his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize in the past three months. Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at a convenience s

    July 30, 2014

  • Frankfort teen dies after rescue from Indiana city pool FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy pulled from a central Indiana city pool has died. Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says Adrian Alanis died in an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday, the day after he was rescued from the deep end of the

    July 30, 2014

  • Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents. The governor's office says P

    July 30, 2014

  • Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    Two people were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores.

    July 30, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries