SIOUX CITY -- A retired Navy admiral in charge of the USS Sioux City Commissioning Committee will lead this year's River-Cade parade.
River-Cade organizers on Wednesday announced that retired Rear Adm. Frank Thorp will be this year's parade marshal. The 55th annual parade is set for 6:30 p.m. July 18 in downtown Sioux City.
Thorp has visited Sioux City several times as chairman of the USS Sioux City Commission to raise funds for the ship's commissioning, which has not been scheduled but is expected to take place this fall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
"I have grown very fond of the people of Sioux City and the broader tri-state region. I have been overwhelmed by Sioux City's hospitality, as well as their support of those who serve in our armed forces. It is an honor for me to be asked to lead the River-Cade parade and I am eager to return to the banks of the Missouri River to do so," Thorp said in a news release.
Thorp, who lives in Annapolis, is also the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and currently serves as the CEO of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The USS Sioux City completed acceptance trials in May on Lake Michigan and awaits delivery to the Navy.
For more information about River-Cade and the annual parade, visit www.river-cade.com.