Children’s parade ready to roll again
Maple Leaf Festival parade fans will once again get a warm up when the annual children's parade runs downtown prior to the grand parade.
The annual children's parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Eighth and Grove streets. It will start 15 minutes before the grand parade.
The theme will remain the same for both parades, "Celebrate 48! What made Baldwin Great?" Heather Montgomery, children's parade organizer, believes the theme will be simple for children to follow.
"I think it will be easy," Montgomery said. "They will represent our history and our history goes back many, many years. We've seen a lot of change in 48 years and the Maple Leaf Festival is a part of that."
Registration for the parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the First United Methodist Church. The judging will begin at 10:15 a.m. and the actual parade at 10:45 a.m.
Baldwin City's Taylor, 6 years old, and Kenzie McAtee, 4 years old, will be the petite marshals for the parade. They are the daughters of Jim and Tricia McAtee.
The parade is open to children from birth through fifth grade. Each participant is encouraged to bicycle, wagon, costume or other vehicle that's decorated to the theme. The organizers are asking children not to bring animals into the parade.
Last year, 35 children participated in the parade. Montgomery is preparing for as many as 50 this year.
"There will be a big crowd ready for us," Montgomery said. "Each year it has grown."
The top three children will receive prizes. They will be judged on creativity, originality and accordance with the theme. All children entered will receive a grab bag full of fun stuff.
The parade will follow its usual route of starting at Eighth and Grove streets and heading south one block to High Street. Then it will travel east on block to Seventh Street.
Montgomery said the parade is something she enjoys very much.
"I love kids," Montgomery said. "I enjoy putting these things together. It's fun and I enjoy it."