Parade of Fools marches down Fayetteville square

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Mardi Gras is here and with it comes the annual Parade of Fools Saturday celebration.

The Parade of Fools is a family-friendly event that begins in the Fayetteville square and travels down Dickson Street, finally ending in the Walton Arts Center parking lot at the Dickson/West Street intersection.

“This event brings thousands of people out for the costumes, floats, and beads,” said Lee Ann Kendrick, event organizer. “The creativity on display is truly amazing, and a portion of all sponsorships are given to a local charity.”

In addition to the parade and unique floats, each year there is an honored Grand Marshal.

However this year there were two that earned the nomination: Peter Lane of the Walton Arts Center and his wife, Barbara Putman of the Community Creative Center.

The parade sponsors a chosen charity each year, this year’s being 7Hills Homeless Center. At the conclusion of the parade, a check was donated to the center in the WAC parking lot.

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