Houston, Peach parades set for Saturday

awoolen@macon.comDecember 4, 2013 

There will be no shortage of closed roads Saturday as five parades descend on Houston and Peach counties.

Starting at 10 a.m., Warner Robins starts the day with its parade featuring NBC’s “Today Show” weatherman Al Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts, an ABC news correspondent, as the grand marshals. Roberts is from Perry and has family who live in the area.

“This is by far the biggest celebrity we’ve had,” said April Mouton Beal, director of events and communications for the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the Warner Robins parade.

The 140 floats, marching bands, vehicles and special guests will travel Watson Boulevard between Houston Road and Warner Robins City Hall. Bands from Houston County, Warner Robins, Veterans and Northside high schools will perform during the parade. Judges will be placed throughout the parade route to judge a variety of categories including best in show. “They really get into the spirit,” Beal said of the participants.

In its 56th year, the parade has always been on the first Saturday of December. Beal attributes the parade’s success to its consistency.

“The good thing is that it’s never changed,” she said.

Byron’s parade is next at 1 p.m. with its “Through the Eyes of a Child” theme. It starts at the corner of Linda Drive and White Road and progresses down White Road to Ga. 49 then over the Ga. 42 bridge to Moseley Road, up Main Street and ending at Byron Elementary School.

The Houston County Jaycees are hosting the Perry parade, which starts at 4 p.m. The parade starts at Washington Street, goes to Main Street and then to Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard.

Fort Valley’s parade starts at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the city’s all-day Holiday Market. The route runs from Bluebird on Ga. 49 to Camellia Boulevard where it ends at Festival Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Centerville closes the day with its nighttime parade at 7 p.m. The parade will start at Thomson Road at Houston Lake Boulevard and travel to Watson Boulevard to the Galleria Mall.

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