PHOTOS: 69th Annual Franklin Rodeo Parade launches Rodeo Week 2018


PHOTOS: 69th Annual Franklin Rodeo Parade launches Rodeo Week 2018

PHOTO: Horses march through downtown Franklin on Saturday, May 12, 2018, for the 69th annual Franklin Rodeo Parade.//Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

Cowboys, politicians, and high school students marched with fanfare through the streets of downtown Franklin on Saturday afternoon for the 69th annual Franklin Rodeo Parade.

The parade, a precursor to Franklin’s popular rodeo coming up May 17-19, saw hundreds gather along Main Street to catch a glimpse of the high-steppin’ horses that will be on display at the event.

Beginning at noon, the Franklin Noon Rotary-sponsored parade ran from 5th Avenue North and Bridge Street through town square and south down Main Street. Check out some of the images below.

Crowds wait in front of White’s Mercantile and the Registry for the parade to begin.//Brooke Wanser
The parade kicks off on Bridge Street.//Brooke Wanser
Spectators take photos and video as the parade begins with the Williamson County Sheriff in his SUV.//Brooke Wanser
The Franklin High School Band marches through downtown.//Brooke Wanser
The Shriners Hospitals for Children was well-represented throughout the parade.//Brooke Wanser
The Wilson County Shriners Club also participated in the parade with miniature trucks.//Brooke Wanser
Grassland Middle School’s band marches in the parade.//Brooke Wanser
Williamson Herald publisher Derby Jones donned a bull suit on the 85-degree day.//Brooke Wanser
Gubernatorial candidate and Franklin businessman Bill Lee joined the parade in a horse-drawn covered wagon.’/Brooke Wanser
Freedom Middle School’s band also marched in the parade.//Brooke Wanser
District 7 congressional candidate Justin Kanew also joined the parade, handing out candy from a canoe.//Brooke Wanser
Michael Damico, owner of Damico Frame and Art Gallery, drives a tractor pulling a trick roper.//Brooke Wanser
One rider shows the rest how it’s done, performing dressage moves with his equine companion.//Brooke Wanser
Mickey, a 3 1/2 pound shitzu, wear a hat and bandana inspired by the rodeo parade.//Brooke Wanser

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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