Kiddies' Parade keep kids hopping over weekend

ARLINGTON Heroes of American history and movies were among those who appeared at Arlington's annual Kiddies' Parade June 28.

In the "Wheels" category, third place went to Jennifer, David and Aaron McGuire for their Star Wars theme, complete with a miniature rolling Millennium Falcon. Fiona and Keira Marsh took second place, while a young Indiana Jones, a.k.a. Daniel Ewing, ran away with first, by recreating one of the movie's most memorable scenes.

The "rock" was made out of cloth-covered chicken wire and boards, with help from Daniel's grandpa, and appeared to roll in pursuit of him, complete with Indy's theme song playing from hidden speakers.

Daniel first saw the Indiana Jones films at the age of 4, so since he's 9 now, he's been a fan of Indy "more than half my life."

The McGuires chose Star Wars because David, who dressed as Luke Skywalker, is a fan. Both he and brother Aaron, who dressed as Han Solo, can't remember when they first saw the films, but cousin Jennifer, who dressed as Princess Leia, only saw the films a few days before.

"She visited from Virginia last year and it was her first Fourth of July parade," said Hillary McGuire the boys' mom. "She decided she wanted to be in a parade this year. David already took Jedi training as a Padawan," she laughed.

In the "Patriotic" category, Makena Simonsen received third place, while the "Go Team USA" theme staged by Rose, Judah, Addy, Bo and Levi Mucklestone was named second. At the age of 2, Noah Starup marched away with first place as a "Marching Boy."

"He marches all the time at home," said mom Nikki Starup.

In the "Costumes" category, Courtney Benedict-McStott was handed a first-place trophy for dressing as Betsy Ross, while Aidan, Kaia, Charlie and Hannah Powell earned second place for dressing as the characters from "Never-Never Land." Cameron and Kelsey Leach came in third, with their eclectic theme of "Storm Troopers and Luau Girl for America."

Becca and Jenny Mulvany rode off with first place in the "Floats" category with their "Frontier Family Fourth" theme.

"They wanted to ride the lawn cart, so we turned it into a covered wagon," said mom Vicki Mulvany, whose daughters wore pioneer outfits and had stick-horses leading the way for their wagon.

Felix and Robee Neeleman likewise walked away with first place in the "Pets" category, with "When Animals Rule the World," although their dog Porter did a lot of the work, by wearing a shirt, sunglasses and a top hat on a hot summer day.

"We thought it would be cool if we were the ones chewing on nylon bones for a change," said Felix.

Grand prize overall was awarded to the Meno family, including 10-year-old Grace, 8-year-old Mary Catherine, 4-year-old Laura, 2-year-old William and dog Abby. According to mom Kimberly Meno, her children's participation in the parade was motivated by a personal connection to patriotism.

"They have two uncles who are serving, one in the Army, the other in the Marines," Kimberly said. "They've both been to Iraq many times, and they'll be back in time for the Fourth."

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