Lions Club Christmas Parade takes to the streets at 10 a.m. Saturday
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 29, 2006 - With December only days away, many are already bustling trying to complete their Christmas lists and firming up party plans for the holiday season. The Lions Club reminds local residents to pencil Saturday, Dec. 2, on their calendars, to slate a bit of childhood nostalgia and holiday merriment associated with the club's annual Christmas parade.

And just in time for the occasion to lend a real winter feel is a cool front expected to roll in around Thursday.

"It should be cool that day, which I think will really put the Christmas spirit in the air," said parade organizer Amy McGrady. "It should be great."

The Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade procession will depart City Park at 10 a.m. Saturday following the traditional parade route from Buford City Pak down Connally Street, in front of the square on Gilmer Street south to the corner of South Broadway and Lee streets where it will break up.

Those planning to participate are reminded that 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, is the deadline to get those floats and rides finished and lined up at City Park.

There is no entry fee, no sign up and no numbering for line up. All participants have to do is park their float, vehicle or entry at Buford City Park along the curb at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and get in line somewhere.

The Lion's Club does ask that participants follow a few simple guidelines to make the parade move along more smoothly.

Participants may throw candy from rides, but pamphlets, fliers, tracts and other items of that nature should not be thrown. Also, when tossing candy to children, please try to throw it on the curb or sidewalk and off the stree to prevent tempted youngsters from dashing into the busy road to retrieve their tasty treasure.

Entries with horses should line up at the end of the parade. 

Santa Claus will be participating in the parade, so event organizers ask "no Santa impersonators please." And as a special treat, Santa is expected to traverse the parade route atop Hopkins County Historical Society's recently restored antique fire truck.

The parade will feature the usual pageant winners as well as themed rides sporting children, adults, local dignitaries, and entries from various clubs and organizations such as Boy Scouts.

Awards and trophies will be presented to eight parade entries. Although there are not set categories, those which are really exceptional and eye catching generally go home with the award.

For more information about the Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade contact McGrady at 885-7571 or any Lions Club member.

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