Former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to take part in Northside Fourth of July parade

CINCINNATI -- The Northside Fourth of July parade is going to get some extra star power this year with a very special guest.

Event organizers have confirmed to 9 On Your Side that former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be taking part in the event.

Community Council board member James Heller-Jackson said that Giffords is due in town on an unrelated matter and that her staff reached out to parade organizers to see if she could take part. Organizers said they would love to have her in the event.

Giffords survived being shot during a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., a week into her third term.

She suffered a debilitating gunshot wound to the head. Thirteen people were injured in the attack and six people were killed.

Giffords announced on Jan. 22, 2012 that she would be resigning from her congressional seat in order to focus on her recovery.

The Northside parade is one of the largest and most colorful in the Cincinnati area. The parade route starts near the intersection of Ashtree Drive and Hamilton Avenue and finishes at Jacob Hoffner Park at the center of Northside.

Heller-Jackson said organizers are working on making the parade and the adjoining Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival a regional event.

Organizers are also working to make the event more green-friendly. Floats and participants that will not be in a vehicle can register for free. Floats that involve a vehicle are charged a $10 fee -- $5 for hybrid vehicles -- and politicians who take part are charged $100.

The Rock n' Roll Carnival is getting even bigger, as well. This year the event will happen on July 3 and 4. Heller-Jackson said organizers decided to bring in some national-performing acts this year.

Organizers said the event has been drawing more and more people from the Greater Cincinnati area and the Tri-State region each year.

This year the event will also have three beer tents with local and craft beers from the region and beyond.

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