Memorial Day Parade

The 2023 Park Hills Memorial Day Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony is back IN PERSON this year! Save the Date for Monday, May 29th, 11:30am, rain or shine. Peruse the following for all the details.

Come and Join the Memorial Day Parade!
  • When: Monday, May 29th
  • Time: 11:30am, rain or shine
  • Route: Dixie Highway at Notre Dame Academy to Arlington to Old State Road to Terrace Drive to Amsterdam Road to Park Drive
The Memorial Day Food Court is Open for Your Enjoyment at Trolley Park on Monday, 5/29!
Hang up your apron and plan a quick bite for lunch. Watch the Parade and Flag Raising Ceremonies, then go back for more! Here is the lineup:
Food Court Trucks & Refreshments Schedule
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm: Open for Business
  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm: Closed, to Devote Honor to our Veterans Who Gave Their Lives  
  • 1:15pm - 3:00pm: Open for Busine
Memorial Day Parade & Flag Raising Ceremony
  • When: Monday, May 29th
  • Time: 11:30am, rain or shine
  • Route: Dixie Highway at Notre Dame Academy to Arlington to Old State Road to Terrace Drive to Amsterdam Road to Park Drive
  • Flag Raising Ceremony: Directly after the Parade
  • Questions? Please email: David Schlothauer.
Parade Entries | No Cost to Join!
All are welcome – Autos, walkers, pickup trucks, trailers, youth and athletic groups, bicycle riders, businesses, sports groups, and more! For parade staging, location and timing, email: Adrienne Gallagher.
Call for Convertible Cars
There’s still time! We are looking for convertible car owners! Please let us know if you would like to drive your convertible in the parade, or know someone who would. Spread the word! Email: David Schlothauer to enter a convertible.
The 2022 Parade Grand Marshall!
Representing The Sisters of Notre Dame United States Regional Office, is this year’s Park Hills Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshall, Sister Mary Dennise Wagenlander. On the brink of SND celebrating their 100th 4th of July Festival Anniversary in 2022, the Park Hills Parade Committee finds this Memorial Day an appropriate time to recognize and celebrate the sisters for their positive impact in our community, as well as that of the world. Sister Dennise herself has made a significant contribution to the SND’s inspiring influence in making a difference, having served as a teacher and principal in schools all over Kentucky for over 40 years. She is also SND Community Coordinator and Chair of the historic July 4 Festival. Read more about Sister Dennise and the Sisters of Notre Dame 100 Year 4th of July Anniversary Celebration at the recently published LINK NKY Media story HERE.
Do you love parade music?
Yes, please! The 2022 Park Hills Memorial Day Parade & Flag Raising Ceremonies are set to honor our heroes, who lost their lives defending our country. We gather as a town with people, flags, decorated floats, sirens, service vehicles, bright colors – and music – an important part of this time-honored tradition. Get ready for John Phillip Sousa’s brass band compositions performed by local talent!
Whether participant or spectator, you can experience this Memorial Day and the festivities that go with it on Monday, May 30th, at the intersection of Amsterdam Road & Park Drive, 11:30 am, rain or shine. Be sure to stop by the adjacent Food Court for refreshments.
Featured local musicians:
  • Dave Haldeman's Stationary Marching Band: This band is a direct descendant of Smittie’s Band, which played throughout Cincinnati parks. The band was led by George Smith, whose father led it before him. For many years on each Memorial Day, they played in parades in Newport, Park Hills, and Aurora, Indiana. When Smittie passed away, trumpeter Jacques Shoemaker took over leadership of the band, then turned over to Dave Haldeman in the 1990s. Now stationary, they continue to play marches by Sousa, Fillmore, Carl King and other great American composers. Smittie’s son, Richard, plays baritone horn in the band; among Park Hills residents who have played in the band are Bob Schaffer, trombonist, his daughter Becky, and son Greg, all who play in the band to this day. Although the public has referred to the band as the Haldeman’s Stationary Marching Band, Dave feels it should properly be called The Smittie Band; he writes, “The music and marches are the same ones George put together over 70 years ago, and his spirit lives on among the musicians who play in the band.”
  • Talia Zoll: Talia is a Park Hills resident and professional vocalist. She has a studio in her home here in Park Hills and offers voice and piano lessons. Talia has supported the Park Hills Memorial Day activities over the past several years, encouraging her vocal students to participate. In 2021, she performed a capella for the Park Hills Memorial Day Video, singing, “The National Anthem,” as well as the time honored, “This Land is Your Land”.
  • Molly and Lizzie Chun: Molly and Lizzie are sisters who sing together; both are currently students at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. In 2021, Molly was selected for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in Voice. Recently, she won 1st place in the Kentucky Traditional Negro Spirituals Vocal Competition, as well as 3rd place in the Cincinnati Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition. Molly will be attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music majoring in Vocal Music Performance this Fall. Lizzie is also a gifted vocalist, who plays guitar, piano, and volleyball. She has also been selected for the Governor’s Scholarship Program, attending 2022.
  • Ellie O’Hara: Ellie is a Park Hills resident, graduate of Notre Dame Academy, and an excellent young vocalist. She has graciously participated in many Park Hills Memorial Day Ceremonies, most recently appearing with the Smith Brothers in both the 2020 & 2021 Park Hills Memorial Day videos.
  • NDA/CCH Marching Band: Director Greg Cerimele currently works as the Notre Dame Academy/Covington Catholic High School Band and Strings Director. He is also a Member of both the NDA Fine Arts and Mathematics Departments. Greg attended University of Cincinnati and received a BA in Secondary Mathematics Eduction. While at UC, he spent many hours studying privately at the College Conservatory of Music in Jazz and Athletic Bands; he was Field Commander from 1982-1983. Greg also attended Northern Kentucky University where he received a BA in Music, Classical Guitar, then went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Education at the university.

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