Parade celebrates Firefighters Museum

Gerald and Darlene Jackson have been coming the Firefighters Museum Parade every since their youngest boys began showing a big interest in fire trucks.

"This one's all about fire engines," Darlene Jackson said today, pointing to Matthew, 3.

"So's this one," Gerald Jackson said of Alex, 6. "We've been coming for about four years. This year, we have a son in it."

Their oldest, seventh-grader Tristan Baker, was marching with the Hamilton Middle School ROTC squad which led off the parade down Broadway from Pawnee to Lincoln.

Hamilton parents were among the few who came out on the 40-degree, cloudy afternoon.

Antique fire engines and a smoldering house on wheels, courtesy of the Derby Fire and Rescue unit, led up to the Firefighters Museum and the South Central Neighborhood Fall Festival at adjacent Lincoln Park.

In celebration of the event, the museum offered free admission for the day.

A ceremony honoring Kansas firefighters who have died in the line of duty is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the museum. Admission will be free.