On Saturday, September 14, East Cobb residents came together under sunny skies to continue an annual hometown tradition: the 24th annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival. Over 1,800 parade participants representing 120 different groups marched down Johnson Ferry Road to celebrate East Cobb! The parade was staged at Mt. Bethel Elementary School’s parking lot and stepped off at 10am. Crowds lined Johnson Ferry Road early to get the best view. Kids of all ages enjoyed the floats, decorated dogs, high school marching bands, and vintage cars as they marched down the parade path. East Cobb schools honored their principals and/or their “Teachers-of-the-Year.” The EAST COBBER Parade has earned the nickname, “The Candy Parade,” because just about every entry throws candy to the crowd. Many thanks to Cobb County Police and Cobb County Department of Transportation for ensuring the safety of parade participants and parade watchers. Heartfelt appreciation goes to the presenting sponsor, WellStar and corporate sponsor, Custom Disposal. Together they provide crucial financial support that ensures the success of this long-standing special event that has become a staple in East Cobb. Photo credit: Stuart Hasson.