It starts with a 5-k, and ends with live music. The 2013 Peanut Proud Parade is an all day festival that takes over Early County's historic Courthouse Square. It brought together some of the region's finest artists, philanthropists, and southern food fit for a king.
"I liked the dancing peanut--the peanut mascot. He's my favorite one. He jumped on the back of the choir I just thought he was really cute,” expressed Heather Mulligan, a Florida resident.
The event also helps local businesses.
Kelli Williams of Lilly Ann’s Boutique said, "It gets your name out there. People can contact you afterwards if they want custom work done."
Family Connections of Early County decided to capitalize on the cupcake phenomena—which in turn, helps the community.
"We work on preventing underage drinking, underage & adult tobacco use, teen pregnancy, a lot of building up of positive youth development,” explained Gwen Houston, executive director.
More than 100 floats entered the parade; carting everyone from veterans to little Miss Peanut People from across the tri-states came to see the show.
"We thought it was awesome. We came all the way from Florida. It was so interesting to see all the different little Miss Peanuts in different age groups. I'm sorry it had to rain on it a little,” said Mariana Mulligan, a Florida resident.
Yet, that rain didn't spoil any plans.
"It’s very good, especially with all the rain that was predicted it was great. I loved the turnout, we're doing really well," said Williams.
If you'd like to participate in Peanut Proud next year, visit peanutproud.com and click on the “Event Forms” tab.