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Historic Southern 500 Parade to return to Darlington

1971 Southern 500 Parade (Source:City of Darlington Facebook page) 1971 Southern 500 Parade (Source:City of Darlington Facebook page)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – The Southern 500 Parade will return to the City of Darlington during Labor Day weekend this year through the joint efforts of the Darlington Area Recreation Department, the City of Darlington, and the Darlington Raceway.

“We want it to be everything that people loved and remember about the old parade that we can,” said Lee Andrews, city recreation director and chair of the parade committee.

According to a news release from the Darlington Area Recreation Department, everyone is invited to the parade that is scheduled for Saturday, September 5, and will begin at 7:15 p.m. at City Hall located at 400 Pearl St. If there are any delays in the Saturday race, it will impact the parade’s start time.

Darlington native and current NASCAR crew chief, Trent Owens, will serve as grand marshal of the parade and Former Miss Southern 500 Pageant winners, dignitaries, the Shriners, area high school marching bands, and others are being asked to participate.

The route for the parade is close to two miles long and will begin at City Hall and continue down Pearl Street to the track and into the infield. The parade lineup will be decided in advance, not the day of, and will run down Edwards Avenue and turn onto West Broad Street heading southwest toward the four-way stop at Washington Street. If needed, it will continue down West Broad Street.

For parade applications and additional information, contact Parade Director Andrews at (843)-398-4030.

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