The Carthage City Council will have the final say on several activities taking place on city streets in the coming months.

The Carthage City Council will have the final say on several activities taking place on city streets in the coming months.

The Council's Public Safety Committee had to consider the four events at it's regular meeting on Monday because each event required closing of city streets for a period of time.

The committee gave its okay to each event, recommending that the council give final approval at its next meeting on June 25.

• The first event was the 12th annual block party and parade on Belle Air Avenue. Lana Griffiths, an organizer of the event, said Belle Air Avenue will be closed for about two hours between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on July 3 for the annual kids bicycle parade.

As is tradition, Mark Twain Elementary Principal Laurel Rosenthal will be grand marshal of the parade. Griffiths said people who live outside the neighborhood are welcome to decorate a bicycle and bring it to the event, which will start at 7 p.m.

Lemonade and cookies will also be served.

• Heber Mendoza, with the Alpha Omega Covenant Church, requested police escort for the “Day of the Bible Parade,” starting at 10 a.m. on July 4.

Mendoza said this is the second year the Hispanic Pastors of Carthage have hosted a parade on Independence Day.

He said the parade will start in front of the Iglesia Cristiana Hispanoamericana church on Grant Street north of the Square, then proceed around the Square, then up Grant Street to Grand Avenue. Paraders will then travel to Centennial, then west on Centennial to Baker Street.

Mendoza said the parade will have a few vehicles, but it will mostly consist of people walking, singing and praying for Carthage.

Police Chief Greg Dagnan said the event worked well last year with officers escorting the parade on its route.
• Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Wendi Douglas requested the closure of the Carthage Square on July 27 for the annual British Car Show.

The show will be held in conjunction with the annual Square Sidewalk Sale.
The Square will be closed from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. on that Saturday.

• Mary Jo Little, executive assistant at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, presented the Chamber's annual request for street closures related to the Maple Leaf Parade on Oct. 19.

In addition to the normal parade route, Little requested that the city close both Main Street and Grant Street from Third to Sixth streets all day that Saturday so pedestrians can walk freely in the area.

She said the Chamber is hoping to hold a car show on Main Street between the Square and Sixth Street to draw attention and shoppers down that street and toward the Maple Market, planned for a tent in the public parking area south of the Square.

The parade itself assembles around Central Park and on the streets west of the Square, then travels north on Main Street, around the Square, south on Grant Street and Grand Avenue to the Centennial Street, then east to the Carthage Middle School where participants go their separate ways.