HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg will be hosting it's inaugural Parade of Champions Monday evening to honor athletic and academic success of Hattiesburg High School, Sacred Heart High School and Presbyterian Christian School.
The parade is set for 6 p.m., beginning near Sacred Heart and travel through downtown Hattiesburg and finish at Hawkins Elementary School, according to a City of Hattiesburg news release. The family of the late HHS Coach Derek "Red" Jarvis Sr. will serve as the the grand marshal's for the parade.
"Coach Red possessed a kind spirit and displayed a steadfast commitment to our students," said Tony Vance, head football coach and athletic coordinator for the Hattiesburg Public School District. "Kids gravitated to him, and his legacy of caring service will live on through our student athletes."
The parade will include students who were a part of any academic or athletic team that achieved a state championship, administrators and retiring teachers. The one-mile route will celebrate the many achievements of students and teachers and it will give the community a change to show their support.
"This has been an incredible year of accomplishment for our students across the city," said Mayor Toby Barker. "Monday brings an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for their efforts and dedication, and I encourage every community member to show up downtown at 6 p.m., and be part of expressing that gratitude."