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Everyone loves a Shriner's parade
Club annual event includes twirlers, East Hall band marching through Gainesville
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Keith Chandler with the Lanier Shrine Club high fives onlookers Saturday morning during the Shriners Parade on Green Street in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Most who lined up along Green Street and E.E. Butler Parkway Saturday morning came out to watch their child — or a grandchild — twirl a baton or a march in the band.

Danny Newbern, on the other hand, showed up because a parade is just good, old-fashioned fun.

“It’s a nice, patriotic community event,” said Newbern, who is pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Buford. “I figured I’d come out and show a little support.”

Hosted by the Lanier Shrine Club, the parade featured a marching band, cheerleaders and football players from East Hall High School, as well as young members of the North Georgia Stars Twirlers.

One twirler in particular had lots of family support Saturday morning. An aunt, uncle, cousin, grandma, grandpa and

great-grandmother sat in lawn chairs waving as Charlie Ann Powell, 6, marched past, twirling her baton.

Parents Larry and Alisha Scroggs staked their spot on the sidewalk to see another baton twirler, Leeanna Scroggs, 10, do her thing.

Meanwhile, just across the road, Jeff Reed waved to daughter Erika Reed, an 11th-grader in the group of East Hall High School students.

As the high schoolers marched and danced past, a handful of police, fire and novelty automobiles driven by members of the Lanier Shrine Club zoomed past — including the trademark go karts.

According to its website, the Lanier Shrine Club was started in 1968 and is affiliated and a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta.

Watch the replay on Periscope here: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1mnxeLNklBQJX. Note, the replay likely only works on mobile.

 
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