Baton Twirling in the MLK Parade


It’s up there somewhere … 


Twirling behind fire engines … worst place to twirl in a parade!


Part of the Poynter posse 


Keith trying to twirl. 


Have to get ’em started at a young age. 

I told you in my last post that I would show you some footage of me twirling in St. Petersburg’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade. Well, you can watch me try to relive my glory days as a competitive twirler in this video, which my editor at Poynter made. Twirling the baton is like riding a bicycle. You (and the baton) might get a little rusty, but you never forget how to twirl.

What do you think? You ready for me to give you some twirling lessons?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

2 thoughts on “Baton Twirling in the MLK Parade

  1. That’s pretty hardcore, but can you twirl a flaming baton? The amazingly cool cowboy/art teacher/after care director at my elementary school could. He had a ponytail too. Oh, the 90s…

  2. Yes, I used to twirl flaming batons back in my heyday! Not anymore, though. You need special batons to do that, which I don’t have, sadly.

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