This weekend big for midstate Christmas parades

awoolen@macon.comDecember 5, 2013 

There will be no shortage of closed roads this weekend as six parades descend on Middle Georgia.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Warner Robins starts the yuletide festivities with its parade featuring NBC’s “The 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 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. (Vehicles will not be allowed along the parade route between 9:30 a.m. and noon.)

Byron’s parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, has the theme of “Through the Eyes of a Child.” 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 ends at Byron Elementary School.

The Houston County Jaycees are hosting the Perry parade, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. 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. Saturday in conjunction with the city’s all-day Holiday Market. The route runs from Bluebird Corp. on Ga. 49 to Camellia Boulevard where it ends at Festival Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Centerville’s nighttime parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. The parade will start at Thomson Road at Houston Lake Boulevard and travel to Watson Boulevard to the Galleria Mall.

The Middle Georgia Christmas Parade in Macon closes out the weekend. It begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cherry Street.

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