TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Texas Rose Festival Parade once again dazzled Tyler streets after a hiatus last year.
Like many other events, the Texas Rose Festival Parade was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. This marked the second time in history the parade was canceled, the other time being World War II.
Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, the parade will assemble at Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard, then will travel west on Front Street through the East Texas Fair Grounds and ending inside Rose Stadium.
KETK will stream the parade live on air and in this article at 9 a.m.
The 2021 Rose Festival has the theme “Secrets of the Garden.” Anna Grace Hallmark will be the Rose Queen, while Elizabeth Reid Walker will be the Rose Princess and Emily Ann Milton will be the Dutchess of the Rose Growers.
During the parade, Queen Anna Grace Hallmark revealed her dress for the first time. Her train featured 65 roses, alluding to a story from 1965, when a 4-year-old who heard the name of his disease, cystic fibrosis, as “65 Roses.” Now, the term is often used by kids with cystic fibrosis to pronounce the name of their disease.
KETK’s Corrine Benandi, Marcus Bagwell, Katie Pratt, Perry Elyaderani, Frank Jefferson and Lauren Margolis were live from the parade Saturday morning bringing you the latest.
Featured in the parade was local marching bands and cheerleaders, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Kornpop the Clown, Boy Scouts, Korean War Veterans, first responders, community members and more.