It's that time of year again, the 33rd annual . As it has in years past, the parade begins at 1 p.m. starting on 70th Street and Nicollet Avenue. It will travel north on Nicollet, turning onto 66th Street East, where it will continue until 11th Avenue.
This years parade has 85 entries. This includes the ever popular Jack Brass Band, Just For Kix, Twin Cities Unicycle Club and the ever talented Richfield Marching Spartans. Also on hand will be several politicians, the Richfield Ambassadors, and many of the great organizations based in Richfield.
This year's grand marshal is Leroy "Oz" Mullerleile.
For 54 years, Oz has been supporting Richfield and its youth athletics. In the early 1960s, Oz helped sweep Metropolitan Stadium to raise funds to build the Assumption Activities Building, a place where all four of his children would participate in sports leagues and physical education classes. He coached girls basketball at Assumption School and boys baseball and girls softball for East Richfield Little League.Oz truly enjoyed coaching softball; he went on to manage his own slow-pitch softball team for much of the 1990s in both Richfield and Bloomington.
1n 1992, Oz retired after a successful career as a systems administrator and manager. Retirement allowed Oz to devote more time to his two passions: family and “any event in which our Richfield kids are involved.” Oz supports Richfield youth at every home football game. Oz can be found attending varsity swim meets, gymnastics meets and hockey games--sometimes in the same day! In the summer, he can be seen driving around Richfield to attend baseball, softball, golf, track and tennis!
Oz has supported and encouraged Richfield for decades. Oz knows almost every Richfield student and their parents, and may know more Richfield residents than anyone else.Thank you Oz Mullerleile for supporing Richfield!
We hope to see you all on July 4th! More details can be found at richfield4thofjuly.com.