The annual Franklin Rodeo Parade returns to downtown Franklin on May 11 with a few changes.
This year, parade entrants are asked to fill out an entry form before being in the parade. There is no charge to enter, but entry forms will allow organizers to be better organized and make the parade safer.
There is also a change in line-up. The parade will start at 11th Avenue in Franklin, instead of 5th Avenue, and entries will line up in parking lots. Once streets are closed, entries will move to the streets.
“We’re working for a better parade,” said rodeo executive director Bill Fitzgerald, “to make it easier and safer for everybody involved.”
Between 75 and 100 entries will be on hand to parade through the streets, and there will be a wide variety of entrants. “We have lots of different things,” Fitzgerald said, “from horse entries, to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Groups, children’s youth groups, and bands from middle and high schools.”
The parade is the unofficial “kick-off” for rodeo week. “It’s a great way to generate excitement,” Fitzgerald said. “It draws everybody in. We get more people involved in that.”
Entry forms for the parade may be found at the rodeo’s website (FranklinRodeo.com); click on the parade tab on the left. The parade is free and begins at 12 noon on May 11.
Posted on: 5/10/2013