The Parade of Excellence, presented by KIA Motors, is one of the annual events in Atlanta that entertains hundreds of thousands during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend.
This year’s game kicks off at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. The Parade of Excellence is where all the excitement begins. Starting at 10:00 a.m. from the intersection of Peachtree and Baker streets, the route follows Peachtree, taking a right onto Marietta St. and ending at Phillips Arena.
Historically this unique parade has featured youth who participate with live performances, ride on floats and cars or march proudly representing their schools in bands, drill teams and other youth organizations.
“This is our 14th year spotlighting Atlanta area youth, as well as young people, corporations and organizations from across the US,” stated John T. Grant, Jr., CEO, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
The 2013 Parade of Excellence, presented by KIA Motors will feature the following: BEST Academy Army Jr. ROTC Colorguard, BEST Academy, Army ROTC Batallion, Junior Scholars – Project Success, Henry Kelly, President, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., Curley M. Dossman, Jr., 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and Nathaniel R. Goldston, III, Founder, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools, Harold L. Martin Sr., Chancellor, NC A&T University, Thomas J. Elzey, President, South Carolina State University.
The following companies and organizations also support the parade with floats or live performances: Georgia Power, Atlanta Ballet, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds, KIA Soul, Cross Keys Tribe of Funk, Royal Elites, Georgia National Guard, Delta Air Lines, Dance Time, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Lady Rose Buds, Hephzibah Big Red Marching Band, Touch of Class Twirlers, Digi Camo Hummer H-3, The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance, Soldiers & Future Soldiers, and the HBCU Alumni Alliance.
Students from this impressive list of colleges, universities and area high schools will participate to represent scholastic achievement and academic excellence: North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, Talladega College, B.E. Mays, Grady, Carver Early College, Wenonah, Tri-Cities HS, Southwest, Tri-Cities, North Atlanta, North Springs, Riverdale, Banneker, Bear Creek, Coretta Scott King Academy, Forest Park, Booker T. Washington, Carver, Shiloh and Pearl-Cohn.
In addition to spectators along the route, the parade will be viewed by millions as it is once again being televised by WSB-TV, Channel 2. Fred Blankenship and Linda Stouffer will host the live broadcast on at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5. For a list of all events and game details, visit www.atlantafootballclassic.com.