After World War II, legend has it that soldier Okra Compton brought home poppy seeds from the European war fields. His mother planted them in her yard, and before she knew it, the bright red flowers began to sprout all throughout Georgetown. No each year, thousands gather to celebrate the re-emergence of the poppies. Red Poppy Festival is a melting pot of art, music, food and culture spanning throughout the last weekend in April. Spread out through the landscape are 3 individual stages that will be home to some of the hottest performances of the season. On the second day of the festival, a parade fills the streets to put smiles on the faces of those citizens there to witness the floats, performances and the accompanying 5K run.