LAGRANGE, Ga. – The vision of one LaGrange woman is coming to life more than a decade after she passes away.
Her family is celebrating her memory and excited about the opening of the new Sweetland Amphitheater in LaGrange.
Annette Boyd is affectionately known as the “Parade Lady” in LaGrange because she started the annual 4th of July Sweetland of Liberty Parade and today her family loves the fact her legacy lives in her vision for the community.
Many LaGrange residents have heard of Annette Boyd, also know as the Parade Lady. She passed away in 2003, but her legacy lives on. Boyd was fiercely passionate about patriotism, wearing red, white, and blue from May through July 4th at the Sweetland of Liberty Parade. What many don’t realize is this is actually her dream.
“My parents would be ecstatic. I know my mom would be over the moon excited about this has come from her dream,” says Lynne Holle, her daughter.
This is the Sweetland Amphitheater in Downtown LaGrange, built on the former Boyd Park, named for their family who had everyone meet at this location to begin the parade every year, but according to her daughter, Boyd’s true dream was to get the community together for the arts.
“She wanted to pay it forward and get everyone together for a common good,” says Lynn Holle
This is an $8 million public-private partnership project inspired by the Boyd Family. It will hold roughly 2200 spectators and you can expect to see all different types of artists perform, at different price points.
“They truly inspired this project. We plan to have some big names perform,” says Becca Eiland
And that’s music to the Boyd Family’s ears.
“They would be so happy to know this came true,” says Lynn Holle
The Sweetland Amphitheater will hold an open house in November. They plan to have their first concert in March.
The Sweetland Amphitheater is funded by the public-private partnership with the City of LaGrange, Troup County, and the Callaway Foundation.