The Carnation Festival began in 1960 and is greatly anticipated by residents of the greater Alliance community. This collection features photographs from past parades and events of the festival that celebrates Alliance as the Carnation City.
In the early years of the parade, the route began at Mount Union Square (East State Street), turned north on South Union Avenue, turned east on East Main Street, and ended at Arch Avenue. These were evening parades, usually beginning at 5 or 5:30 p.m.
As Days in the Park became more popular, the parade time was shifted to 3 p.m. in 1981 and today is 11 a.m. Also in 1981, the parade route was changed to begin on West State Street and Fernwood Avenue and end at Union Avenue and Main Street. Today, the parade ends at Broadway Street.