Christmas parades will roll, rain or shine
by Celia Shortt
This weekend’s Christmas parades in Newnan, Grantville and Senoia will go on rain or shine.
Grantville’s parade will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Light Up Senoia celebration runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with the parade at 5:30.
Newnan’s parade, “A Winter Wonderland,” will be Sunday at 3 p.m.
In Senoia on Saturday, there will be the evening parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, a visit from Santa and Santa’s workshop. If need be, Santa will move from his sleigh to his workshop, said Suzanne Helfman of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. There will also be a food court and entertainment.
“We have never been rained out. We’re still hoping for a little break, we only need about an hour for the parade,” Helfman said. “I’m sure a lot of the groups will drop out because of the rain, but there will be some hearty souls who will continue.”
The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and the parade begins at 5:30. As it is a twilight parade, many floats are adorned with lights. This year’s parade grand marshal is Hal Sewell.
In Senoia, the forecast is for a 50 percent chance of showers, with a high of 53 and a low of 45, according to weather.com.
Grantville's annual Christmas parade is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Grantville.
Even with the forecast of 40 percent or better chance of precipitation, all the entries are set to go and the plan is to proceed rain or shine, said Grantville business woman Rebecca Campbell.
In Newnan, Sunday’s Christmas parade will go on “unless there is a storm or inclement weather where people are in danger,” said Public Information Officer 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.”
One significant change with this year’s Newnan parade is the parade route, specifically where it starts. The parade will start on Greenville Street south of Salbide Avenue. It will follow Greenville Street north into downtown, turn left onto North Court Square, left onto West Court Square and then continue back 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. 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.
Every year there is a float contest that goes along with the parade. This year, winners in several categories will receive a cash prize of $150, including Large Business, Small Business, Church/School, and Civic/ Non Profit.
A People’s Choice award will be voted on Facebook by the public and on the city’s website, www.cityofnewnan.org, on Monday, and they will receive a plaque for this honor, Snider said.
Members of the Newnan Police and Fire departments along with local public safety supporter Norma Haynes are grand marshals for Newnan’s Christmas Parade.
Representing the city from Newnan Police will be Detective Chad Wood, who has been with the police department for 15 years, and Officer Brent McComas, who has been with the police department 11 years.
Representing the Newnan Fire Department are Driver Engineer Sergeant Johnny Minix and Sergeant Vic Kline. Minix has been employed with Newnan Fire Department for 36 years. Kline has been in the fire service since February 2000.
A portion of the Newnan Christmas Parade entry fee proceeds this year will benefit the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.