Known for leading the Purple Hurricanes to two consecutive state championships, Cartersville High School head football coach Joey King is looking forward to serving as the grand marshal for the 62nd annual Kiddie Day Parade.
Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Cartersville, the event will transform downtown Cartersville Sept. 16, providing youth through fifth grade an opportunity to dress up in their favorite costumes. Along with walking, participants can travel on decorated floats, strollers, bicycles and wagons.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity and blessed to be a part of such a great community,” King said. “I know there are a lot of people that deserve this honor more than I, but I’m very thankful for this privilege.”
For Dr. Linda Denham, chairman for the Kiddie Day Parade, King is the ideal person to serve in this capacity.
“Every year for our grand marshal, we always try to choose someone that has benefited children or that children look up to — a great role model,” Denham said. “So this year, we just couldn’t think of anybody any better than Joey King, because he’s led our football players in athletics, but he’s also given them such a good role model — somebody that they look up to.
“I think every child in the county looks up to him. He’s just a good, stand-up guy that we’re proud to highlight.”
On Sept. 16, registration and lineup for the complimentary parade will begin at 9 a.m. in front of ShawHankins near the intersection of Bartow and Main streets, with judging following at 9:30 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., the procession will travel down Main Street, then it will turn left on North Gilmer Street, left on West Cherokee Avenue and end at the 1903 Gold-Domed Courthouse, where refreshments and prizes for the best entry and winners of each category — individual boys, individual girls, groups, bikes and floats — will be dispersed.
“This is our 62nd year,” Denham said. “A group of Kiwanians went to a national convention. They heard of another town doing this. They brought it back, and it’s been going strong for 62 years.
“... This town has always been about children, and this is a parade by children and for children. It just highlights them. It’s their day.”
Along with the dressed-up parade participants and King, the event also will feature Cass High School’s JROTC Color Guard and the Cartersville High School Marching Band.
For more information about the parade, call Denham at 678-848-0016.