Opening festivities for the Elkhart Jazz Festival will include a Mardi Gras-themed parade and a performance by Nathan Palmer, wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.
The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the corner of Waterfall Drive and West Lexington Avenue in Elkhart. The procession will feature a jazz band from Elkhart Memorial High School, actors from Premier Arts’ production of “Hairspray,” a 1965 Ford Thunderbird, martial artists, dancers and other entertainment.
The parade will march down Waterfall toward the police station, turn right on Franklin and end on Main Street near the Lerner Theatre, according to Premier Arts.
The parade’s final destination will be the site of the Jazz Festival’s opening ceremony.
The ceremony will feature a speech by Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore and a performance of the national anthem by Nathan Palmer, a Denver Broncos wide receiver and recording artist who grew up in Elkhart.
For more information about the Elkhart Jazz Festival, visit downtownelkhart.org.