Peanut Parade Showcases in Downtown Dothan

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

It was a fun-filled morning Saturday in downtown Dothan.

Hundreds of wiregrass residents watched as the 66th annual National Peanut Festival parade marched down Main Street.

The peanut parade is sort of an unofficial celebration to mark the end of the National Peanut Festival here in Dothan.

A couple of peanut lovers say today's parade is all about bringing the people of the wiregrass together.

Saturday morning's peanut parade took over downtown Dothan.

“It's very different from back home, this parade is much longer. At home you blink your eye and it's gone through,”

Marcella Leite and her husband Michael came all the way from Massachusetts to check out this year's festivities.

“I like all the floats and all the army people they have here it's very good,” said Michael Leite of Webster, MA.

But local residents say the annual event is a wiregrass tradition that brings the community together.

“We come here every year for the food the fun the fellowship to look at all the different events that’s going on in the parade. To just be out here, its a beautiful day and to have fun and the fellowship with all the people in our community,”

Floretha Bryant describes the parade in one word.

“Because it's unity, to me it describes unity, bringing people together having fun seeing people have you see all year long,” said Bryant of Piney Grove Missionary Church in Webb, AL.

For John Powell, it's all about re-connecting with old friends.

“I think the peanut parade is like a family deal you get a chance to meet people you haven’t seen in years. When you come down here you always going to see someone you know from way back. Just like a fellowship just like a family reunion,” said Powell of First Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, AL.

Most of the kids didn't have any complaints either.

“I like how they throw the peanuts on the ground and we eat 'em and they bands and everything else. I pretty much love everything about it,” said 12-year-old Christopher Denkins of Ariton.

“I just like to eat peanuts,” said 10-year-old Sean Denkins, also of Ariton.

And in the end, it's all about everyone having a good time.

“From the cotton candy, to the horses, to the peanuts, everybody’s having a ball,” added Bryant.

If you're heading out to the peanut festival Saturday night, there is a demolition derby starting at 7 pm.

Sunday is the last official day for the peanut festival.

Gates are open from 1 until 6 pm.

Only rides and carnival concessions on the midway will be open.

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  • by TGC Location: Dothan al.. on Nov 6, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    .was very disapointed that the PGR.was not on the t.v. before the parade started, but i understand Tractors were more inportant ..
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