“My parents have been members of the Kiwanis Club. That’s how we got involved in it,” Denham said. “I didn’t participate when I was little. I always went to it, but I was never in it.
“I think the thing that I enjoy most — l love seeing all the kids in their different little costumes and some of them are pretty elaborate — but we have a little group of girls and it’s so cute that they walk together every year. ... We always see each other at the parade, and Bentley and the other two girls end up walking together.”
The event provides youth up to fifth grade an opportunity to dress up in their favorite costumes. Along with walking, participants also can travel on decorated floats, bicycles, strollers and wagons. The parade will not require an admission fee or pre-registration.
“It’s the [parade’s] 59th year. It’s very, very popular because it [is an opportunity] for the kids to dress up. ... It’s a fun time for the children,” said Kiwanis member Clive Smart, adding the event also raises awareness about the organization’s mission. “We’re a charity that works together and we raise money to wipe out childhood diseases around the world.
“... I was an educator for 26 years. I’m retired from Cass High School. There’s so much bad news in the world. You want [to offer] something that’s going to be joyful.”
Smart said registration and lineup for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bartow and Main streets. Starting at 10 a.m., the procession will travel down Main Street, then it will turn left on Tennessee Street, left on Cherokee Avenue and end at Friendship Plaza, where refreshments and prizes for the winners of each category will be dispersed.
For more information about the parade, call 770-386-2597 or visit the Kiwanis Club of Cartersville’s Facebook page.