The 2009 Award-Winning Class of 1969 Parade Float
Chairman: Dave Cooper
Artwork by Anna Ferraro, UAHS Class of 2015
NOTE: Much of the float construction will need to be done a week or two before the parade. We are looking for volunteers who have tools and construction knowledge. If you can help with this project, please email Gordon.
CHAIRMAN Gordon Mitchell
COMMITTEE Dave Cooper, Jim Long
DATE Thursday, July 3, all day
Basic construction to be completed in days/weeks before.
LOCATION Jim Long's home
4330 Mountview Road
COST: None

The theme of the 2014 UA Parade is:

In the past, Dave Cooper has chaired this effort, and we have won awards under his leadership. Dave has moved to Florida, but he has offered to help with the design and engineering of our float. Once he arrives for the reunion, he will help with last minute details.

Because the 4th of July parade falls on Friday and we don't have much time, we really need to get this float put together in one day, and we need everyone's help!

Gordon Mitchell and his Crew will put together major parts of the float ahead of time, but the design is elaborate, and we need plenty of people to stuff it on Thursday. Please come and help!

We like to coordinate the float-building party with our Class Picnic. The picnic will be held from noon - 3:00 pm at the south shelterhouse of Thompson Park (formerly known as Lane Road Park), which is right across the street from Jim Long's home. You can walk between the picnic and Jim's house to eat, visit with friends, and finish up the float! We'll have food at both places, but the BEER will be at Jim's house as a motivator to stuff the float! 

CONTACT: Gordon Mitchell, Chairman

Once again, the Class of 1969 won the UA Civic Association's "Best Reunion Float" Award for our creative, animated, well-populated and spirited float. We owe a HUGE thank you to Dave Cooper, who designed and directed the construction of this amazing float.

The 2009 theme was "UA - There's No Place Like Home," and our float illustrated that our class now represents almost all 50 states and several global nations, but they still love to come home to UA for their class reunions! Thirty-two classmates walked alongside the float in gold t-shirts and ruby slippers (made by Dave!), and demonstrated their class spirit with line dances and singing as we made our way down Northwest Boulevard. Nearly 45 others rode on the float.

Thank you to Dave Cooper, our Float Chairman, to Jim Long, who once again hosted the float building efforts in his driveway, to everyone who worked on the construction of the float and to those who participated by riding or walking the parade route. Our class spirit was evident, and during our 40-year reunion weekend, we proved that there truly IS "no place like HOME."


In 2004, our fabulous class float won "Best Reunion Float" in the Upper Arlington Fourth of July Parade! Thank you to everyone who worked on it and especially to the Float Leaders: Dave Cooper, Julie May Jones, Ken Pfeifer, Jim Long, Gordon Mitchell, Evan Jones and Craig Heckman!  

See photos of the float from 2004 and 2009:

Float Construction 2009

Float Construction 2004

Parade 2004






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