Many midstate holiday parades are set to take place this weekend, and some are scheduled sooner.
The streets of downtown Forsyth will fill with lights and at least 47 floats for Monroe County’s 25th annual Hometown Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Thursday. The parade will begin at the Monroe County Board of Education, continue on Main Street, wrap around the town square, and end at Ingles Markets on Tift College Drive. It will feature the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Rebekah Babovic, events coordinator for the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, said this year’s theme will be “Celebrations of Christmas Past.”
“It’s a Monroe County tradition because in Middle Georgia there (are few other) nighttime parades,” Babovic said. “It attracts over 5,000 people.”
A few miles south of Forsyth, Bolingbroke will celebrate its 23rd annual parade scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Vicki Smith, president of the Bolingbroke Community Club, said pre-festivities, including a cake walk, will begin at 2 p.m. After the parade, there will be a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Smith said.
Saturday will be a day full of street closures in Houston and Peach counties as Centerville, Byron, Fort Valley, Perry and Warner Robins each hold Christmas parades at varying times.
The Warner Robins Christmas Parade, titled “A Star-Spangled Parade,” will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Houston Road and Watson Boulevard. The parade will travel down Watson Boulevard to Myrtle Street, ending at Warner Robins City Hall.
The grand marshal for the parade will be Jarod Cotton, a singer from Middle Georgia.
Next on the list is Byron, which will hold its parade at 1 p.m.
Byron’s route begins at White Road and Linda Drive. It will travel down White Road and turn left onto Ga. 49, traveling over the Ga. 42 bridge onto Moseley Road and up Main Street to Byron Elementary School.
The Perry parade, hosted by the Houston County Jaycees, starts at 4 p.m. Its route will go from 1401-1467 Washington Street, down Main Street and onto Courtney Hodges Boulevard, ending at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
The Fort Valley parade will start at 5 p.m. The parade will begin at Blue Bird and continue to Camellia Boulevard, go left on Main Street and end at Festival Park on Railroad Street.
Centerville will host its fifth annual lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.
The theme for this year’s event is “Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.” The parade will start at Thomson Middle School and head down North Houston Lake Boulevard to the Houston County Galleria mall at the corner of Watson Boulevard and North Houston Lake Boulevard.
On Sunday, Macon will host the Middle Georgia Christmas Parade, with a theme that celebrates Macon’s musical heritage. The parade will start at 3 p.m. in downtown Macon.
Gray will celebrate its 14th annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will begin at Ingles Markets on Gray Highway and end at the red light by the railroad tracks in downtown Gray. Spots for floats are still available for a late fee until Monday. Those interested may register at www.gjcs.weebly.com.
Finally, Jeffersonville’s holiday parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 13. City Clerk Gloria Lewis said the parade will begin on Bullard Road at U.S. 80, progress down U.S. 80 to Church Street and end on Magnolia Street.
Telegraph writer Laura Corley contributed to this report.