Young Gianna Hazlett was jumping up and down after the Austintown Fourth of July parade, wearing Avon lipstick she had caught from a float. She was with her aunt, Julie Hazlett, and grandmother, Mary Hazlett, along the route at South Raccoon and New roads, close to the start of the township’s 38th annual parade Friday afternoon.
Her favorite float was “Jared’s float!” Her relatives, Jared and Michael Bosley, were on a float for a children’s rock choir aimed at kids with cancer. “I really wanted to come to this. I will come back to this one, even if [Jared] isn’t in it,” Mary Hazlett said.
The family is from Struthers and usually attends the parade there, but having family members in the Austintown parade brought the family here Friday afternoon.
“The whole thing was great...it was nice,” Mary Hazlett said, adding her favorites were the antique cars and go-karts.
Many people lined the streets, some with tents and chairs, while others preferred to stand and see what was coming next in the line of 150 units in the parade, floats and groups of people registered. Chris Lewis, chairman of the Austintown Fourth of July parade, said this year’s theme was “Austintoon,” a play on the township’s name and focusing on cartoons.
He said three floats would be competing for best float during the judges’ vote Saturday. The top three finishers for best float receive cash prizes.
Read who made the finals and more about the event in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.