Y. A. Harris Building
A parade headed north on Trenton Street at the Railroad tracks. Probably Independence Day, early 1900s.
Backstory and Context
The other hotel properties operated by the Harris family will be discussed at future stops on the tour.
Trenton Street has seen scores of parades since Ruston's early days. Christmas, Peach Festival, and school homecoming parades are annual events but parades for Veterans Day and Independence Day and special events have occurred often. Parades generally started on West Alabama Avenue, turned south on Trenton, turning east on Arizona or California Avenue and then back north on Vienna Street to Alabama. As parades became longer, the downtown district would become hopelessly clogged. In more recent decades, parades continue down Trenton but turn west on Arizona and disband on the Louisiana Tech campus. Parades are not just for celebration; they help bring customers to downtown businesses and restaurants.
Various issues of Ruston Daily Leader.
Photographs of Ruston parades.