Sailing Into the Future - Float in the Iris Festival Parade, May 1, 1999 Photo: Dieter Ullrich
Tennessee Iris Festival
The Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden evolved
from the annual Easter Parade, which began in 1979. After
years of bad weather, the Dresden Business Association, which
sponsored the parade, reorganized the event and held it later
in the spring.
In 1985, the event became the Iris Festival to honor
the state flower, and was held over the first weekend in May. More
than a thousand people came to see 70 entries in the first grand
parade. Over the years, the festival has continued to grow,
attracting groups from across northwest Tennessee, and is now
managed by an executive board of the City of Dresden.
Groups from Dyer, Crockett, Carroll, Henry, and
Madison counties march in the parade, along with one hundred other
entries. More than 5,000 people watch the parade, and participate
in other festival activities that include a health fair, flower
show, poster contest, quilt show, golf tournament, 5K run, art
show, and barbecue cookoff.
Documentation includes festival brochures,
photographs, a newspaper festival insert and articles.
Originally submitted by: John S. Tanner, Representative (8th District).
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