Newnan Christmas parade steps off at 3 p.m. Sunday

Newnan will hold its annual Christmas parade, on the theme “A Winter Wonderland,” Sunday at 3 p.m. — rain or shine.

The parade will go on “unless there is a storm or inclement weather where people are in danger,” said city spokeswoman Gina Snider. “Then it will be canceled; however, we are planning to be out there Sunday. We hope people will still come out and watch the parade as the parade participants and the city are excited to present ‘A Winter Wonderland.’”

There is a new route for 2013, starting at the south end of downtown, on Greenville Street south of Salbide Avenue near the Greenville Street Park. The procession will follow Greenville Street north into downtown, through East Court Square, turning left onto North Court Square, left onto West Court Square and then heading south along LaGrange Street to its end at Newnan High School.

According to Snider, the areas where people observe the parade and North Court Square will be closed to traffic and parking for the whole day Sunday. Areas at the corners of North Court Square at both Jefferson and Jackson streets will be closed to accommodate large trailers coming through in the parade and for better crowd control, Snider said.

A People’s Choice award will be voted on Facebook by the public and on the city’s website on Monday following Sunday’s parade. The People’s Choice winner will receive a plaque, Snider said.

Members of Newnan Police and Fire departments along with local public safety supporter Norma Haynes are grand marshals.

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