Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and 14 U.S. Presidents, among them George Washington, were Freemasons. Today, there are about 2 million Freemasons in North America alone. In the USA, the Freemasons give approximately $2 million per day to charitable causes. This year the Masonic Fraternity will observe the 300th Anniversary of Modern Freemasonry. St. John the Baptist Day (Saturday, June 24) 2017 marks the 300th Anniversary of the formation of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster, from whence all modern Speculative Freemasonry and its bodies have their origins. Georgia Freemasons will celebrate this milestone in our illustrious history with a grand affair, including a parade and festival to be held in downtown Marietta, exactly 300 years to the day from the official founding of our Great Fraternity. We join Masonic organizations worldwide in this year-long celebration. Festivities will include a parade from the Marietta Masonic Temple (located at 547 Roswell Street NE) to Glover Park (Marietta Square), blood drive, GACHiP event, entertainment, public speakers, concessions, media attention, and information booths about our charities and appendant bodies. The public is welcome and invited to help us celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of Freemasonry. We’ll have fun for the whole family! Brother Dr. Gary H. Leazer, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons for the State of Georgia will be in attendance as well as many other Grand Lodge and District Officers. Also attending will be community officials and leaders and, of course, no Masonic Parade would be complete without the presence and shenanigans of The Shriners. Brother Roy Barnes, a Member of one of the local Lodges and former Governor of Georgia, will serve as the Grand Marshal. Event Times: Parade begins at 10:00am, Family Festival from 11:00am – 1:00pm!