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Posted on May 20, 2015 |

Cross the Bridge Anniversary to be Bigger, More Festive

Cross the Bridge Anniversary to be Bigger, More Festive

Participants at last year's Cross the Bridge for Life walk. This year's staging and celebration location on Riverboat Row will be larger -- and  cooler. Photo courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; click any image to enlarge.

Participants at last year’s Cross the Bridge for Life walk. This year’s staging and celebration location on Riverboat Row will be larger — and cooler. Photo courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; click any image to enlarge.

After outgrowing its original location, Cross the Bridge for Life returns June 7th for its 10th year celebrating the sanctity of life.

 

Participants will gather on Newport’s Riverfront Row, rather than at the World Peace Bell, for a celebration that includes live music, short talks, balloon animals and face painting, and a free picnic provided by JTM Food Group, as well as the famous walk across the Purple People Bridge and back.

 

Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show produced at Sacred Heart Radio and heard nation-wide, will be the Master of  Ceremonies.

Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show produced at Sacred Heart Radio and heard nation-wide, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Photo provided.

Festivities begin at 1 pm with family activities and music by local Celtic band Easter Rising.

 

The walk begins after a brief program at 2 pm. featuring emcee Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Also speaking will be Cincinnati’s Archbishop, Dennis Schnurr; Covington’s Bishop, Roger Foys; and Pastor Eric Petree of CityGate Church (West Chester, OH).

 

Bagpipers from theAncient Order of Hibernians will lead walkers across the bridge. The event will end back at Riverfront Row with a free picnic by JTM Food Group, and more music by Trybe. Several food trucks will also have treats for purchase.

 

The walk is a peaceful, positive celebration of life at every stage, religious liberty, and conscience rights. Signs are prohibited — the day is a community, family-friendly event meant for enjoying life, not for protest, according to organizers.

 

This year’s honored Defender of Life will be Brian Patrick, executive producer of EWTN News Nightly. Brian served for many years as Cross the Bridge for Life’s Honorary Chairman. A longtime WCPO news anchor, he is also the former multimedia director for the Business Courier, former host of the Son Rise Morning Show, and current co-host of EWTN’s television program Crossing the Goal, which uses a sports show format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape.

A coalition of more than 20 area pro-life organizations sponsors the annual event. For information or to become a sponsor, contact Karen Riegler, Kentucky Co-Chair, at (859) 393-7304 or kriegler@twx.com; or Paula Westwood, Ohio Co-chair, at (513) 728-7879 or pwestwood@cincinnatirighttolife.org

 

Photos of the 2014 walk courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; for a gallery of photos click here.

For more Catholic events, see our Events page.

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Pipers lead the way across the Purple People Bride and back.

Pipers from the Ancient Order of Hibernians lead the way across the Purple People Bride and back.

A young participant displays a sign for one of last year's sponsors. A coalition of 20 pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River sponsor the walk.
A young participant displays a sign for one of last year’s sponsors. A coalition of more than 20 pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River sponsor the walk.