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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 16, 2021 – Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Jefferson City. Missouri State Parks joins Gov. Parson and the First Lady in commemorating 200 years of Missouri history with a showcase of Missouri’s 92 state parks and state historic sites. 

The parade will celebrate the swearing-in of Missouri's statewide-elected officials from this year's Bicentennial Inauguration as well as highlight the history and significance of the state of Missouri with nearly 100 parade entries. For more information about the parade, visit

The Missouri State Parks bicentennial quilt and accompanying lap blanket will be on display in the Capitol from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

The quilt and lap blanket tell a visual story of Missouri and the state park system. The glasses of Harry S Truman, the musical notes of Scott Joplin, historic structures, trees, trails, lakes and rivers, the simplicity of a name – each evokes memories, reminders of what the state offers and the promise of wonderful places to visit. Even the border, sashing and backing fabrics convey meaning. The color of the material represents the uniform of park employees, and the green leaves represent the natural environment visitors experience when visiting a state park. 

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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