Old King Coal Festival Parade Hits the Streets


By Evie Allen

WEST FRANKFORT -- The Old King Coal parade was greeted by beautiful weather Saturday. The parade is just one of many festival traditions that can be traced back to 1941. 

The parade began with fire trucks from several area fire departments. There were also marching bands, business floats, local lawmakers, and the shriners. Old King Coal even made an appearance. This year's king is former coal miner, Jim Hall.

Organizers say this tradition is a way to honor all miners.

"We call this the southern Illinois Old King Coal Festival because we want to encompass the whole southern Illinois area and all of the miners throughout southern Illinois," says festival Advertising Director Marcia Raubach.

After the parade, a ceremony was held to pay tribute to the coal mining industry. The festival will soon make history too, when it celebrates its 75th anniversary in just two years.





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