The 136th annual Veiled Prophet Parade will stepped off from 14th and Olive Streets at 9:30 Thursday morning. That is just west of the newly-renovated Central Library. For the first time, the parade headed down Washington Avenue.
The two honorary grand marshals were both Tuskegee Airmen. That elite group of African-American Air Force pilots were known for breaking the color barrier in the United States military during the 19-40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Major George Boyd -- a Korean and Vietnam War veteran – was expected to help lead the parade. Lt. Col. George Hardy was also scheduled. He served with the all African-American 332nd Fighter Group, also known as the Red Tails. Those pilots are credited with helping turn the tide of World War II by protecting American bomber planes over Europe.
There will be two airshows Thursday, one at noon and another 4 p.m. The band "Queens Boulevard" will take the stage in between, at 3:15p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. John Henry will open for the headliner Trace Adkins, who takes the main stage under the Arch at eight tonight.
The fireworks will start right after the concert about 9:20 p.m. We will bring them to you live on FOX 2 News at 9.
Parade Route – Thursday, July 4, 2013
At 9:30 a.m., the parade will begin:
- East on Olive Street at N. 14th Street
- Proceed North on Tucker Street to Washington Ave.
- Proceed East on Washington Ave. to N. 4th Street
- Proceed South on N. 4th Street to Market Street
- Proceed West on Market Street to S. 8th Street/Disbanding
Fair St Louis - Street Closures
Wednesday, July 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m.
• Leonor K. Sullivan from Washington to Poplar
Thursday, July 4, at 9 a.m. to Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m.
• Walnut from South Memorial to North Memorial
• Market from South Memorial to North Memorial
• Chestnut from South Memorial to North Memorial
• Pine from 4th to South Memorial
Thursday, July 4 at 4 a.m. to Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m.
• Market from 4th to South Memorial
• Chestnut from 4th to South Memorial