Lynn Youth Parade steps off next Thursday

LYNN ? Lynn area youth will take center stage next Thursday, July 17, during the Lynn Youth Parade, part of the city’s Third Thursdays summer celebration.The parade will begin on the Lynn Common and head down Market Street to Munroe Street and arrive in Central Square for judging and prizes. Anyone participating in the parade should meet on the Lynn Common no later than 5 p.m.Once the procession reaches Central Square, The Jessica Prouty Band, a teenage band based in Marblehead, is scheduled to perform their classic alternative metal. The band includes Jessica Prouty, 14, of Marblehead on lead vocals and bass guitar; Cam Pelkey, 14, of Marblehead on drums; Cody Nilsen, 15, of Wilmington on lead guitar; and Andy Covino, 13, of Swampscott. The band’s single, “Saving My Sanity,” is available at amazon.com and at iTunes, and its first full length CD is due out in July.Prouty wrote most of the songs on the upcoming CD herself with some assistance from Pelky, Greg Worth and Brian Maes. Maes worked with Prouty when she was the lead singer and bassist in a garage band and suggested that she make a CD to go to the next level of the music biz. So Prouty started to record the CD with session players including Maes, Kook Lawry, Tim Archibald, Paul Soares and Ricky Plourde.Jessica found first-rate musicians her own age to help finish the tracks and the band was born.Pelkey is best known for driving beat and onstage showmanship. Nilsen is the lead guitarist and Covino plays keyboard.Mystery Tramp, which hails from Lynnfield, is scheduled to open for The Jessica Prouty Band.The Third Thursday events are sponsored by the Central Square Collaboration, a group of local businesses, non-profit organizations the Chamber of Commerce and City of Lynn.At LynnArts, 25 Exchange St., the Lynn Public Schools Art Exhibition will be on display and open to the public. It showcases the work of students throughout Lynn schools. The show includes sculpture, abstract, representational and computer based imagery. This year the multi-cultural themed show will take place in all three galleries at LynnArts.RAW Arts, 37 Central Square, is opening its doors that evening for animal face painting from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.Make time to stop by the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, 590 Washington St., to view an exhibit of photographs of youth in Lynn.

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