Newnan parade today, despite potential for rain

Newnan’s 2013 Christmas parade themed “A Winter Wonderland,” will be rolling through town rain or shine today at 3 p.m.

City spokeswoman Gina Snider encourages the public to attend the annual parade, noting the event will continue as scheduled, “unless there is a storm or inclement weather in which people are in danger, however, we are planning to be out there Sunday. We hope the public will come out and watch the parade and its participants. The city is excited to present ‘A Winter Wonderland.”

There have been a few changes made to the city’s much-anticipated parade, the most significant change being the route. This alteration means new viewing spots for spectators.

The Christmas parade route will begin at the south end of downtown, on Greenville Street, south of Salbide Avenue and 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 head south along LaGrange Street to its end at Newnan High School.

According to Snider, the areas in which the public will 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 float contest will be included in the annual holiday event, recognizing winners in several categories. First-place winners will receive a cash prize of $150 in divisions including: Large Business, Small Business, Church/School, and Civic/Non Profit.

In addition, a People’s Choice award will be available for the public’s vote via Facebook and on the city’s website,, on Monday. 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. The city is honoring its Hometown Heroes that serve the community every day. Representing the city from Newnan Police Department is Detective Chad Wood, a 15-year employee, Newnan Officer Brent McComas, 11 years.

Joining the grand marshals from Newnan Fire Department are Driver Engineer Sergeant Johnny Minix and Sergeant Vic Kline. Minix has been with the fire department 36 years. Kline has been in the fire service since February 2000. Norma Haynes, a long-time supporter of public safety workers in Coweta County, will also be a part of the grand marshal lineup as a special guest, as she is endearingly known in the community as the “Mother of Public Safety.”

A portion of the Newnan Christmas Parade entry fee proceeds this year will benefit the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.

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