CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade was held on Saturday, Aug. 4.
The first grand parade was held in 1963. It has since become one of the largest of the 19 events over a two-week period, celebrating the induction of the newest Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This year's celebration included many returning Hall of Famers who rode in the parade, along with the Class of 2012 Enshrinees, including Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf. Parade spectators were treated to the sights and sounds of 16 giant helium balloons, 18 marching and military bands, nine floats and 30 specialty units, as well as antique vehicles, animal units, and much, much more.
The growth of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival over the years is the result of extraordinary support from entities such as The Timken Company, which this year marks its seventh consecutive year as the main sponsor of the parade. Among the specialty units sure to thrill the spectators were the giant walking flag, South Shore Drill Team, Magical Train, and Al Kaf Youth Group, along with many clowns and costumed characters.