Girl Scouts parade marshals for Elgin 4th parade
From Staff Reports June 7, 2012 12:38PM
Karen Paytash of Iowa, a former Girl Scout for more than 25 years, joins granddaughters Gracen Mylott, 10, and Maya Mylott, 8, of Elgin in a program March 12 in Elgin to commemorate Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary. | File~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 9, 2012 6:12AM
ELGIN — The city’s Fourth of July parade will have lots of grand marshals this year.
In honor of the national organization’s centennial anniversary in 2012, the Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois have been named the marshals, the parade committee announced.
Vicki Wright, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois CEO, will serve as the official ambassador. She will ride in a powder blue Cadillac, courtesy of Elgin resident Richard Bennett, and will be joined by an Elgin area high school student who will be receiving her Gold Award — the highest award a Girl Scout can earn for achievement in community service.
Following right behind the grand marshal vehicle will be the Girl Scouts Color Guard and dozens of Scouts of all ages, according to a press release from the committee.
“The Fourth of July Parade Committee is privileged to have these wonderful young ladies representing Elgin as our ambassadors for the 2012 parade,” said Jason Pawlowski, Downtown Neighborhood Association promotions coordinator.
The Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga. Since then, Girl Scouts has been working to build girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place, the release said.
During the past century, 59 million American woman have been Girl Scouts, with 3.2 million Girl Scouts today as Scouting “continues to grow as Girl Scouts continues to inspire, challenge and empower girls everywhere,” it said.
The parade will step off at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Slade and Douglas avenues, and end at Highland and Douglas avenues. The theme of this year’s parade is “Red, White and Food” — a celebration of Elgin’s great tastes and unique flavors, the release said.
Nearly 100 parade units are expected to participate in the summertime tradition, which typically draws more than 15,000 spectators annually to downtown Elgin.
The 2012 city of Elgin Fourth of July Parade is presented by Sherman Health. Additional parade sponsors include Alexian Brothers Health System, Armida & Joe Dominguez, BMO Harris Bank, Danny’s Pizza, Elgin Community College, Lamp Inc., Payday Loan Store, Provena Saint Joseph Hospital, Psychosis Haunted House, Spring Hill Gymnastics, Waste Management and Woody Buick.