Budweiser Clydesdales, a 98-year-old World War II nurse and celebrations of state history are in store for Jefferson City next Saturday.
Gov. Mike Parson's Office is gearing up for the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade and Ball scheduled for Sept. 18.
Beginning at 10 a.m. in front of the Truman Building, the parade will celebrate the swearing in of elected officials from the Bicentennial Inauguration, as well as Missouri's history in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.
"We hope that everyone who is able and willing to showcase a piece of Missouri history whether big or small is able to join us in the historic Bicentennial Inaugural Parade on Sept. 18," Parson said.
Edith Harrington, 98, of Macon, will be the parade grand marshal. Harrington is a United States Cadet Nurse Corps member who served in World War II. She was invited to be the grand marshal after meeting Parson on his Bicentennial Tour earlier this year.
"Ms. Harrington served her country honorably and cared for our military service members during WWII, and she represents some of the best qualities an American and a Missourian can have," Parson said. "On Sept. 18, we hope Missourians from all across the state will join us to celebrate 200 years of Missouri history."
The Budweiser Clydesdales, statewide elected officials, Fort Leonard Wood 339th Army Band, Missouri National Guard Honor Guard, the Missouri State University Pride Marching Band, various state agencies and the Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm — among others — will also be marching in the parade.
Throughout the day, Missouri professional sports championship trophies and memorabilia will be on display at the Capitol, as will the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt and Mural.
In the evening, the governor and first lady Teresa Parson will also host the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol.
Featuring live music and a fireworks display, the ball is planned for the Capitol's north lawn instead of its usual location inside.