When the coronavirus pandemic became an issue and shut things down, it became apparent that there was a particular high-risk group that would not be able to participate in one annual fundraising event for their cause: cancer survivors.

Relay for Life pivoted their focus quickly from the usual event list, knowing they couldn’t bring a large group of people together in a gymnasium or even on an outdoor field at the time. Activities shifted online, with remote photo scavenger hunts and other socially distanced ways to bring people together.

One of the annual events during what is normally a friendly team competition fundraiser is the Survivor Parade, in which cancer survivors would make a lap of the competition area, with their representative teams, supporters, and spectators there to cheer them on. This year, the parade went on, but as a more typical parade – in vehicles on the street.

Balloons and streamers decorated cars and trucks. Green Pond Fire and Rescue brought one of their engines down to Centreville to lead the parade, and Centreville Fire Department brought out their shiniest engine to bring up the rear. The Bibb Belles walked the route, carrying the Relay for Life Banner. A small crowd gathered Saturday morning as the parade made its way from Centreville City Hall, around Courthouse Square, and back to City Hall. Horns, sirens, cheers, candy, and smiles abounded the whole way.


SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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A father, creative professional, and an alumnus of Bibb County High School, Jeremy has found his way back to Centreville after many years away. He studied Finance and Economics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and almost a decade ago left the "normal" business world for audio and video production. A freelance writer, photographer, sound engineer, and film and video producer/director/editor, his work has appeared online for Southern Living, People, Health, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, Cooking Light, It's a Southern Thing, and This Is Alabama, as well as for independent musicians and filmmakers across Alabama.


  1. I am the owner of Tabernacle Farm in Brent. We, along with Dixie Decorations in Montevallo will be hosting an Unserviceable Flag Ceremony on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14th @ 6pm at Tabernacle Farm. If anyone from the Bibb Voice would like to do a story about it we would appreciate it.

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