NEW ALBANY —
“The kids just seem to love it. As we are going down the parade route, they are hollering and screaming,” Sanders said.
Under a gray sky, Sanders said he was hoping the sun would come out so his sequinned attire would sparkle even more.
As floats sponsored by city departments, youth groups, churches and businesses recognized the New Albany’s bicentennial, a float by the American Cancer Society celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary.
“We like to get the recognition out there for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life,” said Jane McCauly, event chair for Relay for Life of Floyd County. “Get out there with the public and have people recognize our survivors and what we do.”
The ACS employees and volunteers were joined by fraternities from Indiana University Southeast, children from Mt. Tabor School and cancer survivors.
She said she was hoping to have at least 100 people to walk with the float to hold 100 candles in light of the anniversary.
“A lot has happened in that 100 years, but we are not there yet because we haven’t cured cancer. But we are working on it,” McCauly said. “Our theme now is ‘Finish the fight.’ Within the next 100 years, hopefully we will be in business.”
The festive parade also included a scout troop from Graceland Baptist Church, along Kamer Miller Road in New Albany.
The scouts looked back in history to the Lewis and Clark expedition to design their float.
The float was fashioned to look like an outdoor fort being pulled by canoe, and it swarmed with young scouts anticipating the start of the parade.
“They get really excited about doing the parade,” said scout leader Wayne Garber. “They greatly enjoy doing this.”
The parade kicked off a week-long series of Harvest Homecoming events that will continue through Oct. 13.