State Reps. Richard Brown (left) and Mark Sharp (both D-Kansas City) participate in the September 18, 2021 Bicentennial parade at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

Big turnout at Missouri Bicentennial parade and inaugural ball in Jefferson City

A few thousand people attended Saturday’s Bicentennial events near the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.

State Reps. Richard Brown (left) and Mark Sharp (both D-Kansas City) participate in the September 18, 2021 Bicentennial parade at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page)

Saturday morning’s parade attracted the Budweiser Clydesdales, Marching Mizzou and numerous other entries.

The grand marshal was 98-year-old World War II nurse Edith Harrington of northern Missouri’s Macon, who waved to the crowd from a military jeep. Ms. Harrington joined the U-S Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943.

There were also crowds at Saturday night’s Bicentennial inaugural ball, which included a grand march and the introduction of Missouri’s elected officials and the Missouri Supreme Court. More than 2,200 people RVSP’d for the ball alone.

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) says hotels were booked on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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