‘Petite marshal’ new for children’s parade event
It might not be as long or as big and it might have younger and smaller participants, but that doesn't mean it's any less important.
The annual children's parade is slated to begin this year in downtown Baldwin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, just a half hour before the grand parade.
This year's theme is "A Dream Odyssey."
The parade will begin at Eighth and Grove, wind its way to High Street and finish at Seventh Street.
Children's parade organizer Nancy Crisp said children aged 10 or younger interested in being in the parade are encouraged to have a costume or "vehicle," like a wagon or a bike, related to the theme.
Participants will be judged and monetary prizes will be given to the top three winners. Every participant will receive a coupon to go through the inflatable obstacle course at the Kids Zone.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove. Judging will take place at 10:15 a.m.
The children's parade is adding a new element this year.
Rhett Lawrence, 3, is the first children's parade petite marshal. Lawrence is a two-year veteran of the children's parade.
Crisp said she hopes to continue having a new petite marshal each year.
She would like to see as many children as possible participate in this year's parade, she said.
"It's a fun extra thing for the kids," she said. "Some people want to get their kids involved, but don't want to be in the big parade. This gives them a littler parade to participate in."