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Mindy's Outtakes: ...Because everyone loves a parade -- Heritage Days Parade coming up Saturday

Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee nation, will be among those at the 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island.
Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee nation, will be among those at the 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Submitted photo

The Heritage Days Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday on St. Helena Island.

Part of the 33rd Annual Heritage Days happening this week, the parade is touted as "the largest parade of Gullah-Geechees" in existence.

The parade starts at St. Helena Elementary School, at 861 Sea Island Parkway, will travel down U.S. Highway 21, or the Sea Island Parkway, turn onto Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and conclude at Penn Center at 16 Penn Center Circle West.

Drivers also should take note: Parade participants have been instructed to be in place beginning at 8:30 a.m. so traffic along U.S. Highway 21 and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive will close promptly at 9 a.m., officials say.

U.S. Highway 21 will reopen at 10:30 a.m. and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive will reopen at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

After the parade, the Heritage Days celebration continues at Penn Center with a range of activities including tours of the York W. Bailey Museum, "Artists and Authors Row," and a wide range of "Main Stage" activities including live music and performances, Gullah-Geechee storytelling and traditional African drumming and dance.

Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of Savannah, Ga., will MC Saturday's Main Stage activities, and Queen Quet, co-chair for the event, will provide the opening address, which begins at noon.

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