Saturday, February 7, 2015

Big Saturday for the Prattville Dragoons

Today, Saturday February 7th is a big day for the Prattville Dragoons as they have a community service project and participation in a community celebratory event for members to participate.

     Starting at 8am members will be having another Indian Hills Cemetery workday.  Volunteers outside the camp are welcome to come help in this worthwhile community service project to clean and renovate this historic cemetery where a number of Confederate veterans and other noteworthy founding Prattville residents are laid to rest.  Indian Hills is the final resting place for 39 souls including original Dragoon Lt. A.Y. Smith.  A number of graves date to the 1840s.  The Dragoons anticipate the Indian Hills cleanup and renovation completion in April and Benny has started planning for a wonderful event to rededicate the cemetery on April 27th with reenactments, cannon salutes, bonfires, and speeches.

All Dragoons are encouraged to come and help, for any amount of time they choose, from one to five hours. From the junction of Highways 82 and 14 in west Prattville, go north (toward Tuscaloosa) on Highway 82 for two miles.  Turn left onto County Road 86.  Go 1.6 miles and you'll see Indian Hills Cemetery on your left.
The Millbrook Revelers will be hosting a Mardi Gras parade and festival in Millbrook AL and the Dragoons will be fielding an entry including marchers, decorated golf cart, and a cannon on a decorated trailer. We will have the customary candy and moon pies for the parade but also hundreds of Confederate mini-Battle flags and SCV coins to throw to the parade spectators.  The festival starts at 9am at the Village Green Park.  The parade begins at noon with a line-up by 11am; the parade starts at Mill Creek Park and runs north up Main Street just past Village Green.  Come cheer on the Prattville Dragoons and celebrate the season at the largest Mardi Gras parade north of Mobile AL.  

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