All area children are invited to be in the children's parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on Main Street at the beginning of the Hannibal Arts Council's 36th annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival.
The folklife festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.
The children will line up for the parade at 9:40 a.m. Saturday morning at the HAC, 105 S. Main St. At 10 a.m. they will march north on Main Street through the festival, where more than 100 exhibitors will have booths along North Main Street.
"We feel it is a good fit for the children of the community to lead off the beginning of the festival, since they are our future leaders," said Brenda Beck Fisher, HAC program coordinator. "It will set a good mood for the rest of the weekend."
The parade will be led by Sam Walker playing bagpipes and members of the Glee Club Kids of Hannibal. It will end at the Tom & Huck statue at the end of North Main Street.
Children attending a parade workshop at the HAC made flags, banners and musical instruments for the parade, said Beck Fisher. "They made tambourines, wooden cowbells and tin can jing-a-lings."
In case of rain, the children's parade will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Both individual children and groups are invited to march in the parade. A parent, responsible adult or group leader responsible for each child is to go along on the sidelines during the parade, so they are there to pick up the children when the parade is over.
Children are invited to dress in period clothing from the 1890s, such as a bonnet, skirt, apron, jeans, flannel, boots and bow ties, and should also be dressed warmly. However, this is not required.
A children's parade at the opening of the folklife festival is not a new event, Beck Fisher said. However, it was not done for many years until 2011, when it proved popular, "so we brought it back."
She encouraged local residents to join the people from across the country who attend the folklife festival each years, reporting this year 12 new vendors will be showing their arts and crafts. New musical groups will be performing, along with many who are remembered from years past.
For more details, call the HAC at (573) 221-6545 or see hannibalarts.com.