Parade calls all ‘nuts’

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No matter one’s gender, age or station in life, sometimes everyone just feels like a nut.

And, when that happens, he, she or it goes out and parades around with other nuts in the Nutter Butter Parade.

The Nutter Butter Parade is a signature event of the annual Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge the last Saturday in October and this year’s parade, Oct. 25, will be just as nutty as ever, said Rue Botts, parade chair.

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“I’m not sure who came up with the nutter butter part of the parade 23 years ago but I’m sure whoever did was a nut,” Botts said, laughing. “There’s nothing pretentious about the Peanut Butter Festival. It’s a harvest and heritage celebration and a throwback to the mule and wagon days.

“Back then, after the crops were all gathered, the farmers and their families went into town. They would have a little money in their pockets to spend and they enjoyed the fellowship of their friends and neighbors. It was a fun and festive time.”

That’s the kind of time – a fun and festive time – the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society hopes to re-create each year with the Peanut Butter Festival.

“And, we invite a bunch of nuts to help us,” Botts said.

The Nutter Butter Parade is a Main Street event that gets underway at 1 p.m.

“The only requirement to be in the parade is that it’s fun,” Botts said. “We have floats, pickup trucks, wagons and boats, tom-walkers and handkerchief wavers, politicians and regular people. Some of our communities have their representatives, like Miss Josie Moonshine and Banks has Hank and Audrey. We always have a few queens like Miss Goober Cocktail and Miss Ida-ho. You never know what you’ll see at the Nutter Butter Parade.”

Botts said some people get so caught up in the moment; they stop being a spectator and become a parader.

“It’s just that kind of parade,” she said. Although, the parade committee would greatly appreciate those who plan to parade registering prior to Peanut Butter Festival day but don’t let that hold you back.

To pre-register, call Botts at 334-372-1001. However, those who don’t decide until the last minute should find a place at the end of the parade line and hop in – but before the horses.

Lineup is along Veterans Blvd. (old U.S. 231 across from former Floyd Shirley Ford) between noon and 12:45 p.m. The parade will step off promptly at 1 p.m.