Fashioned after the renowned CowParade, which has been staged in more than 50 cities, Downtown Dalton’s Peacocks on Parade will stroll into downtown in the fall of 2011 when ornamented fiberglass peacocks will adorn the streets.

A project of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA), Peacocks on Parade was created to bring a unique interactive public exhibit that visitors and residents alike can enjoy. The peacocks will be unveiled on Friday at 4 p.m. during a press conference at the Dalton Freight Depot.

“Chicago has cows, Athens has bulldogs and we have peacocks,” said Veronica French, director of the DDDA. “The peacocks will bring public artwork to downtown as well as help enlighten the public about our textile history.”

U.S. Highway 41 was commonly called “Peacock Alley” for the most popular chenille bedspread design. The tufting techniques for the spreads, initiated by Catherine Evans Whitener, produced the technology that transferred to the manufacture of carpet.

Each peacock will be sponsored by local businesses and individuals and will then be decorated by local artists who will incorporate their own themes. Artists are invited to submit their proposals for the peacocks (artist request for proposal packets are available at the DDDA office in the Dalton Freight Depot downtown and at www.downtowndalton.com).

Coming in at 5 feet tall and weighing more than 100 pounds, the life-size fiberglass peacock statues will be placed at various spots throughout downtown Dalton. A self-guided tour brochure will be available for this permanent exhibit that will allow everyone to leisurely stroll and seek out the colorfully decorated birds as well as discover all the hidden pleasures downtown Dalton has to offer.

For more information on Peacocks on Parade and a complete list of artists and sponsors, visit www.downtowndalton.com. To become a sponsor, contact French at (706) 278-3332.

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