History Comes Alive at the Georgia Day Parade

James Ogelthorpe, Savananah’s Founding Father
James Ogelthorpe, Savananah’s Founding Father

Savannah will come together for the Georgia History Festival Georgia Day Parade on February 11, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony in 1733.

This annual event brings students, musicians, local dignitaries and costumed historical characters out to march the streets in a parade dedicated to all of Georgia’s history.

Organized by the Georgia Historical Society (GHS), local schools and civic groups observe the historic importance of this day. Thousands of elementary students dressed in historical attire march behind their handmade banners, professional costumed interpreters feature personalities from the history books, and musicians and marching bands round out the day’s festivities.

The colorful parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Forsyth Park and proceed down Bull Street around all five squares and end with a ceremony at City Hall. Local officials will bring greetings from the City and present awards for the annual Banner Competition.

As part of the Georgia History Festival, elementary school classes compete to create an original banner on the subject of the 2011 Festival Honoree, Sequoyah. The banners are submitted prior to the parade and judged on creativity and neatness.

Trophies are awarded to three winning schools at the end of the parade.The parade and ceremony are free and open to the public. This event is made possible by the generous donation of Levy Jewelers and AT&T.

Formerly known as Georgia Days, the Georgia History Festival is the signature K-12 educational program of the Georgia Historical Society.

Held annually around the anniversary of the founding of the colony of Georgia on February 12, 1733, this commemoration brings history to life for students of all ages through a variety of programs including a series of school events and curriculum, crafts workshops, the two-day Colonial Faire and Muster living-history program held at Wormsloe State Historic Site, and the colorful Georgia Day parade.

By engaging students in interactive learning experiences, Georgia History Festival sparks the imagination, develops critical thinking processes, and opens the exciting world of the past to exploration, study, and understanding.

To learn more about the 2011 Georgia History Festival, visit www.georgiahistory.com

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