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Elkhart Jazz Festival to put on first Mardi Gras parade

The Elkhart Jazz Festival will host a Mardi Gras parade downtown at 5 p.m. Friday, June 21.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 18, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Jazz Festival will bring a little taste of New Orleans to downtown this week for its first Mardi Gras parade.

Performers with Premier Arts, the Lerner Theatre’s resident theater group, will take over downtown Friday, June 21, with a Dixieland jazz band, clowns, floats and actors performing a dance routine from their upcoming show, “South Pacific.” They will be joined in the streets by beloved characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and clarinetist Dave Bennett on one of the Mardi Gras floats.

“We really want to encourage people to join in along the parade route as we deliver them to Civic Plaza,” said David Smith, jazz festival co-chairman.

The parade will start at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lexington Avenue and continue down Waterfall Drive, turn right on Franklin Street and end at the public stage at Civic Plaza on Main Street where Elkhart mayor Dick Moore will welcome festivalgoers. Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band will be the first group to perform at the stage after the parade.

 Dionell Hill, left, and Donte Malik Hill, 7, lead members of the community in a march down Main Street Monday morning as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Elkhart. The march, sponsored by the Elkhart Black Expo, started from Elkhart Civic Plaza and ended at Missionary Baptist Church with a program that included a keynote speaker, followed by food and youth activities. (Truth Photo by Sarah Welliver) MLK Day speakers in Elkhart focus on bringing
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