By Sarah McLaughlin, Communications Intern
This year, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter took part in the 136th annual 4th of July Veiled Prophet Parade! The tradition of the VP Parade includes giant floats, balloons, candy, confetti, and of course the Veiled Prophet Court, all in celebration of the city of St. Louis. It’s a great way to celebrate all the things that we love about our city and have some fun doing it!
On behalf of the St. Louis Area Chapter, a few dozen Red Cross volunteers and family members proudly wore their Red Cross t-shirts in celebration and marched down the streets of Downtown St. Louis with a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle in tow.
“It was truly heartwarming, people along the parade route were shouting ‘Way to go Red Cross’ and ‘Thanks for what you do,’” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “The VP Parade is such a great celebration for the city of St. Louis and it was wonderful for the Red Cross to be a part of that.”
“It’s About Time” was the theme of this year’s parade, which included more than 130 floats and even an Elvis look-alike! There were also several high school marching bands and dance teams competing to represent the best local talent, as well as military honor guards. Then of course the parade would not be complete without Fredbird and the girls of Team Fredbird cheering in support of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thousands of St. Louisans gathered to witness this special event and enjoy the sun on this beautiful day.