This weekend is the culmination of Alabama’s Bicentennial. For three years, the state has celebrated its heritage and it ends Saturday in Montgomery with a parade and festival.
The free, day-long celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade of Alabama people, places and history. From Court Square Fountain, a cavalcade of marching bands, city floats, living history on wheels—such as the USS Alabama Battleship Park and US Space and Rocket Center—elected officials, cute kids, beauty queens, and special Alabama Notables will travel Dexter Avenue toward the State Capitol.
Mid-day ceremonies led by Governor Kay Ivey will include the official dedication of Alabama Bicentennial Park. Located at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol on Dexter Avenue, the park will tell the story of Alabama in 16 bronze plaques mounted on Alabama granite bases.
The afternoon will offer exhibitions, performances and open houses in the Capitol Complex, up and down Dexter Avenue and throughout downtown Montgomery. The Alabama State Capitol and Alabama Department of Archives and History will host performances and presentations in their buildings and children’s games, traditional arts/crafts demonstrations and historic re-enactors on their grounds. Museums, galleries, restaurants, and stores will host tours, exhibitions, and activities. The Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery, in partnership with Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center from Camden, will feature exhibits and sales of works by contemporary Alabama artists.
Local artist and business owner Sarah West will have an exhibit during the event. Her art, “The Civility Paintings,” will be in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at 600 Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery. West has been a columnist with this newspaper for many years. She is part of the Smiths Station Preservation Commission and helped with the Jones Store Museum. She teaches art to students in Smiths Station schools. She also curates art in the Smiths Station Government Center.
For more information about the final celebration, visit Alabama200.org.