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Posted by: Steve Kimmel 1 week ago

Shown in the photo above is Olaf as he rides in the Frozen Ice Wagon. The Heritage Days parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 from Huntington North High School.

The 60th Annual Heritage Days 2024 parade will celebrate 100 years of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce’s service to the community. Beginning Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m., the parade will also have a very special entry celebrating “100 years of Hometown Magic.”

The “Magic of Disney” will be displayed in a quarter mile collection of entries from Briony, Pam and Chuck Homier with many items that have been a part of Disney’s 100 years of magical experiences throughout the world. Much of what will be seen in the Heritage Days Parade will only be available to the public that day.

Following police cars, emergency vehicles and more, the fun of this entry begins with a giant celebration cake rolling down Jefferson Street accompanied by athletes from the United Gymnastics Academy and United Cheer All Stars. The local gym, which has received regional and national awards, offers kids of all ages a safe and fun learning environment in Huntington County.

A monorail passenger car on wheels, which debuted at Walt Disney World, Florida in 1984, will follow. It is one of only three monorail passenger cars that were ever released from Disney. Disney characters will wave from this monorail amidst floating bubbles.

Special guest Kendall Kuehl will portray Princess Jasmine on the Aladdin car followed by Arendelle Frozen Royalty pulled by two draft horses, owned and driven by Green Lawn Farm. The wagon, originally used at Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World in Orlando, entertained thousands of guests on hay wagon rides.

Minnie Mouse will greet parade goers next, and Andy is to drive his Toy Story truck filled with his favorite toys and artwork from his toy box. The original Toon Town Truck was part of the Disneyland parade in California for years, and has been re-imagined for the parade Toy Story adventure. Andy’s Hot Wheel cars will be lined up behind the truck.

A favorite toy of Al Unser, Sr., the four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, the Johnny Lightning Cobra, will be a special car for this parade. Unser’s 1972 Ford F-250 Camper Special will follow to be driven by Mike Perkins, 2016 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe. Both vehicles are Johnny lightning blue complete with lightning bolts.

A collection of rare cars complete “100 Years of Hometown Magic.” Included will be a 1987 Lamborghini Countach, one of 500 examples of this vehicle in existence today. A Lamborghini Diablo, one of only a few hundred produced in 1997, will be driven by Ben Benfer accompanied by his wife Vicki. Benfer is a local imaginer, who with this team, made “100 Years of Hometown Magic’ possible. The first car produced by McLaren for distribution, the 2013 MP4 12C McLaren, will be the final entry.

The complete parade proceeds from Huntington North High School, follows MacGahan Street to Jefferson Street, proceeds through the middle of downtown Huntington, completes at State Street turning right. Judges/commentator will be located at Lake City Bank. Heartland REMC is the sponsor of Heritage Days 2024. For more information about Heritage Days and a complete listing of events visit here.