LAPORTE | Federal budget cuts will mean no crowd pleasing military flyover to kick off this year's Fourth of July parade in LaPorte.
"It'll be sad without one," said Joy Zigler, chairwoman of the parade sponsored by the LaPorte Jaycees.
Zigler received written notice from the U.S. Department of Defense that no military planes would fly over the city to start the parade.
She said the parade here is among the events nationwide where flyovers that occurred in the past are being canceled due to federal money constraints.
"While, yes, it's disappointing I think we'll still have a great parade," said LaPorte mayor Blair Milo.
Despite the bad news, Zigler said there are still many reasons to look forward to this year's parade, which will have about 120 units and carry on the annual tradition of LaPorte being designated Indiana's "Capital for a Day."
The parade down Lincolnway and J Street is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Among the highlights will be a pair of black world championship Clydesdale horses that have appeared at major events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
The horses last year even escorted Prince William and princess Kate Middleton to a few special events.
"They've been pretty much all over the world," said Zigler.
The horses are coming from Cleveland, Tenn., and were booked for the parade in LaPorte when the Jaycees was contacted about them stopping here while on his way to an event in Michigan.
The handler of the horses, Jim Poole, is a retired handler of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
This year's Grand Celebration Parade Marshal is LaPorte County historian Fern Eddy Schultz to help exemplify this year's parade theme "Honoring History and Community in La Porte."
Honorary parade marshals will be Jaidyn and Neilah Maule, two sisters ages 5 & 7, who are still recovering after nearly killed in a 2012 motor vehicle collision near Westville.
"We're happy they are doing well and are going to be in the parade as well," said Zigler.