SIOUX CITY | A Naval commander who oversees the crews that will serve on the USS Sioux City will be the marshal for the annual Port of Sioux City River-Cade parade on July 20.
River-Cade officials announced the selection of Capt. Paul Young during a news conference Thursday.
During the organization's media day at WinnaVegas Casino Resort, River-Cade officials also announced the ceremonial commanding officers for this year's festival. Art Silva, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Home, will serve as port admiral, while Beverly Hinds, longtime River-Cade participant and member of the festival's board of directors, will be the commodore.
Young, a native of Fremont, Nebraska, is the first commodore of the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two (LCSRON 2), based in Mayport, Fla. Among the ships in the fleet is the USS Sioux City, which was christened and launched into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Shipyards in northern Wisconsin on Jan. 30.
The Freedom-class littoral combat ship is expected to be christened in Florida in January 2017.
Young was commissioned in 1992 at the University of Nebraska. He has an undergraduate degree in political science, a master of public administration degree from Tennessee State University, and a master of science in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, River-Cade officials also emphasized their reinvigorated partnership with Winnavegas Casino Resort.
Three Winnavegas-sponsored events will be among the River-Cade festivities -- a winko championship, a golf simulator tournament, and a Bingo Gone Wild game, in which regular Friday prizes double.
River-Cade was originally hosted as a means to celebrate the industrial rebirth of the Missouri River when it was re-channeled to better accommodate barge transportation in 1964.
Now entering its 53rd year, River-Cade still has a lot to offer, Hinds said.
"There have been a lot of glitches ... but we're still here," she said.