Rice Street to close for soldiers’ parade Saturday

Rice Street through Lihu‘e will be closed Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the parade honoring Kaua‘i Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers who recently returned from a deployment in Iraq.

The parade route is from the historic County Building on Rice Street, to Ho‘olako Street, ending at Vidinha Stadium.

Rice Street, Ho‘olako Street, ‘Eiwa Street, and portions of some streets that feed into Rice Street, from Haleko Street to Kapule Highway, will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., county officials said in a press release.

Motorists will need to seek alternate routes to get to their destinations before, during and after the parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m.

Included in the day’s festivities is the blessing of the new rubberized track at Vidinha Stadium.

For more information about the road closures, call 241-6300.

Among the dignitaries who will be leading the parade are Gov. Linda Lingle, Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste, and Adjutant Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, head of Hawai‘i’s Army and Air National Guard.

Other participants include local high school bands and track teams, JROTC members, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, government officials, veterans, military representatives, along with the honorees, Kaua‘i’s latest Iraq veterans.

The blessing of Vidinha Stadium’s rubberized track will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a program honoring the soldiers.

The program will include a presentation of certificates and lei to the soldiers, speeches by the governor, mayor, and Lee, the posting of the colors by members of the Waimea High School JROTC Color Guard, as well as performances by the Kapa‘a High School Band and Choir, Aloha Breeze, and Cindy Jackson.

For additional information, contact Beverley Pang at 241-6392, or Kaui Tanaka at 241-6300.

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