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Roswell celebrates Youth Day with parade

Roswell residents line Canton Street each year for the Youth Day Parade, held this year Oct. 12. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
October 08, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. The 63rd annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration will be held this Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. with the annual parade. This year's theme is "Hats Off to Roswell."

The parade will begin at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Boulevard and end in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road.

This year's grand marshal is Fred Williams. Williams taught at Roswell High School from 1967 to 1981 and served as a Roswell Commission member from 1988 to 2012. Williams was elected as a citizen member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association from 2005 to 2012.

Youth Day has been a long tradition in Roswell. In 1950, a group of concerned parents decided to sponsor a parade and a day of activities to honor the youth of the city. In 1951, Mayor Ford Rucker proclaimed the second Saturday in October as "Roswell Youth Day," and the tradition has been going strong ever since.

After the parade, the Youth Day celebration continues with a festival in Roswell Area Park. Kids 15 and under may receive a free lunch (while supplies last), and activities include inflatable slides and moonwalk, pony rides, climbing wall and plenty of entertainment.

Immediately before the start of the parade at 9:45 a.m., the Roswell Runners Club will host the 17th annual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race. The race starts at the Roswell United Methodist Church and ends at the Roswell Area Park football field. To register, visit

If you or your group would like to participate, call the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department at 770-641-3705 for an application or download an application at

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