2019 Three Rivers Festival Parade Theme: ‘The Summer of ’69’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – It was “The Summer of ‘69” when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. It was the year of the first Three Rivers Festival, the year Midnight Cowboy and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hit the big screen, the year that half a million people gathered near Woodstock, New York for four days of peace and rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, Jimmy quit, Jody got married.

Each July, more than 50,000 of our closest friends and neighbors line the streets of downtown Fort Wayne to witness the floats, hear the bands, and celebrate our community at the official kickoff to the Three Rivers Festival. This year’s theme commemorates “The Summer of ‘69” when so many historic moments took place, including the first-ever downtown Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival.

“We are inspired by our past and excited for what our future holds,” said Jack Hammer, Executive Director. “We can’t wait to see the creativity from our parade participants celebrating all of the historic events and pop culture moments from ‘The Summer of ‘69’.”

Parade organizers say they are looking forward to a fantastic parade celebration for people of all ages.

The Lutheran Health Network Three Rivers Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. Parade Applications are due April 30, 2019.