The excitement of watching (or being in!) a parade is most certainly a part of the DeKalb County Fair. Although it’s not definite when these parades became a tradition, they’ve at least been around since the late 1800s, and have long encouraged locals to get creative with tissue paper and float designs. The 1915 Fair featured a Patriotic Parade, which included floats such as “Awake America,” “No Room in America for Slackers,” and “Down with the Kaiser, Up with the Stars and Stripes.” Today, the fair holds a parade almost every day or night of Fair Week, including the Pet Parade, the Miss DeKalb County Queen Parade, and the Grand Finale Parade.
-By Genealogy Intern Chelsea