Star Staff Reports
On front steps Munford High School stood the first Munford Marching Band. The picture was taken before the band left for Miss Cotton Carnival Parade in Memphis on Main Street in 1950. Last week the 2013 Cotton Carnival Parade was held in Memphis. Back 63 years ago, the first Munford High School Band marched in the Memphis Cotton Carnival Parade and appeared on TV for the first time. The photo was submitted by majorette Joy Rowland Bomar of Millington (far right) and she said the Band made Munford very proud. Shannon Faulkner was teacher Director. He later became Tipton County School superintendent.
About Carnival Memphis
In 1931 the Cotton Carnival Festival started. The event was created to celebrate the work and the region’s primary asset, cotton. During that time, he Memphis Chamber of Commerce was having trouble raising money to compete with other cities in the South. A. Arthur Halle and a group of businessmen called on Herbert Jennings, a downtown theater manager for a donation to help promote the cotton industry and publicize an upcoming movie.
Halle was intrigued by the idea and envisioned a larger city-wide promotion and called his friend, Everett Cook who was President of the Cotton Exchange. Those ideas grew into a plan for a grand celebration with a King, Queen and Royal Court that would involve people from all over the Mid-South. The idea was to promote the use and wearing of cotton products which would lead to increased demand and stimulate sales.
Carnival Memphis is an organization that has been a part of the Mid-South community for eight decades. During this time the organization as well as our city has seen tremendous change, positives and negatives, an economy that has grown by leaps and bounds, great celebrations and tragic incidents, industries and businesses sprout up from the ground and become integral community partners.