This year the City of Columbia’s annual Fire Prevention Parade will be taken to the heart of area communities in the Capital City.
Columbia-Richland Fire Rescue is planning a day of fun and educational outreach that will come together on a Saturday. The route of the parade will also be different as participants will be marching from W.A. Perry Middle School to Drew Park off of Harden Street.
Following the parade a community block party will take place at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center located at 211 Walker Solomon Way.
“In years past we’ve had this parade downtown on Main Street on a weekday. This year and in the years to come we will take the parade to the communities,” said Fire Education Officer Bengie Leverett, “This will be a great opportunity for us to take fire prevention and education to the communities and allow the communities to take part in this event.”
Parade participants will meet at the parking lot of W.A. Perry Middle at 9:30 a.m. on October 13. The school is located at 2600 Barhamville Road in Columbia.
The parade will begin at the corner of Barhamville Road and Germany Street. It will end at the corner of Barhamville Road and Matthews Street. Following the parade, participants will be served lunch at the Drew Wellness Center.
The community block party will feature food vendors, games, fire trucks on display and informational booths focused on fire prevention.
The theme set for Fire Prevention Week 2018 is “Look-Listen-Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
To register for the parade contact Fire Education Officer Bengie Leverett at firstname.lastname@example.org.