FernandaMorote, Staff Reporter
In celebration of Johns Creek’s tenth year of cityhood, the Founders Day Parade will take place on Dec. 3 at 10:00 a.m. on State Bridge Road between the Kimball Bridge and West Morton road. The theme for this year’s parade is “10-year Anniversary: Be the Exception.”
Johns Creek has a history that began in the early 19th century; it was originally a series of trading posts along the Chattahoochee river consisting of a small community of farmers. Nearly 200 years later, a legislative campaign was started with the purpose of founding the city of Johns Creek. This goal was realized on Dec. 1, 2006. To celebrate the first year of cityhood, the tradition of the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade began.
Each year, residents of Johns Creek gather on the edges of State Bridge Road, watching their friends and neighbors march by. An official statement made by the City of Johns Creek says that “the parade has grown to more than 80 units and thousands of participants.” The groups marching in the parade must send in an application before Nov. 10. These groups include local businesses, boy and girl scout troops, religious groups, the local police, schools, teachers, and marching bands.
Furthermore, rival high schools march together non-competitively to celebrate their city. Teachers of the Year gather in a bus to wave at their former students. Homer the Brave enthusiastically bounces about, giving out hugs and taking selfies with spectators. Shriners, members of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a charitable organization, drive around in miniature cars. And to top it all off, Santa rides on the back of an enormous fire truck as the final spectacle.