The first Fourth of July parade in Carmel was a neighborhood parade for children in 1944. They made costumes and floats pulled on wagons. The Carmel School Mothers Club sponsored the parade in 1946, and more children were invited to participate. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes. When CHS started a school band 1950-51, it was chosen to lead the parade that 4th. It appears the last of these parades was in 1953. In 1975 the Bicentennial Steering Committee organized a Horse and Buggy Parade that included patriotic floats like the one pictured here. The Bicentennial parade the following year was large and well attended. Parades from late 70s to the early 80s were smaller. Carmel's Sesquicentennial gave momentum for larger parades in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, CarmelFest was born, and this year thousands of people will line the streets to watch the parade.