Long-time London resident Icle Davis will serve as grand marshal of the city’s July 4 Parade, according to Pat Closser of the Downtown London Association.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4. It will run south on Main Street from Cowling Park to First Street, then east to Walnut Street. It is sponsored by the DLA and London Community Organization.
Davis, 83, is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War.
Closser said Davis’ military background and years as a community activist warranted the recognition.
“Icle is and has been a staple of the community,” Closser said.
The local American Legion Post, Rotary Club and Madison County Historical Society number among Davis’ many volunteer activities.
Davis is a former teacher and school administrator. He began his teaching career in Springfield and eventually became principal of the old Madison South High School. He was also involved in vocational education and served as director of a vocational school in Maple Heights near Cleveland.
Davis said he’s looking forward to grand marshal duties on Independence Day.
“I am very humbled by my selection,” Davis said.
Closser said the DLA continues to solicit parade participants. Line-up for the event will begin at 10 a.m. with check-in at both the Park Avenue Medical Building parking lot and Cowling Park.
Registration forms are available online and at Casey’s Carry Out, 123 S. Main St. Forms must be returned to the carry out by June 30.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.