Downtown Branson is honored to welcome the Central States Shrine Association back to Branson this August! The Branson Convention Center is the site for the organization’s annual convention August 22-25, and downtown will be chock full of fellowship, fun and fezzes!
It’s also a great opportunity for Branson’s locals and visitors to watch a truly unique circus parade on Saturday, August 25th. Kids especially love the Shriners’ clowns, music and the miniature vehicles as they zip around and cause an uproar of giggles, pointing fingers and lots of “Look, Mom!”
The parade begins August 25th at 8 am and goes till 10 am. The route begins on College Street and goes along Commercial Street and around to the Branson Landing Boardwalk.
Branson and downtown have so much to offer as Shriners descend on our amazing city! In fact there are so many attendees that conference-goers are staying at more than two-dozen hotels around town. Without a doubt the hospitality of the Ozarks is what brings them back to Branson, along with the signature fun, shows, great food and unbeatable scenery!
Attendees’ days here have been scheduled to the max with fun: Everything from golf, a cruise on the Branson Belle, clay shooting, a Shriner Ballyhoo at the Branson Landing with a pub crawl, luncheons, band competitions … and of course the amazing parade at the end!
The organization last met in Branson in 2013, and there is so much more to the Shriners than meets the eye. The more than 300,000 members in seven countries worldwide operate 22 children’s hospitals that provide essential care. The first one was established in 1922 during a polio crisis. Today, Shriner’s Hospitals help families with little ones suffering from spinal injuries, cleft palates, burns and so much more.
Welcome back Central State Shrine Association!
Change to Trolley Routes on Aug. 25
During the parade on Saturday, Aug. 25, College, Sycamore, Commercial and other streets will be closed to vehicle traffic. As a result, the trolleys won’t start running on that day until around noon.
The trolleys will continue their normal schedule and routes after that time.