As in years past, the parade will formally usher in the shopping season here in Middle Tennessee, with Jerry Dallas and Mark Gammons leading the way, as the participants are asked to line up at the Tractor Supply on Highway 52 By Pass East, where the judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. The parade will proceed up the by pass in front of Wal-Mart, turn left at College Street and head to the public square before circling the courthouse and traveling out Highway 10 North. The procession will then take a right on Akersville Road and the parade will disband at the First Assembly of God.
With the theme “A Colorful Christmas” the Macon County Chamber of Commerce has selected Nancy Doss as the Grand Marshall of the 2009 parade in honor of all her hard work with the Arts Council. A local artist, Nancy, who has expressed her life experiences through art, serves as president of the council, which was organized in 2007. Promoting community involvement and awareness of all forms of art, the Macon County Arts Council hosts free concerts in the park, sponsors Arts in Bloom, musical performances in local schools, and Art in the Park for children five to twelve years old every year. Nancy is truly a wonderful asset to our small community and we look forward to seeing her on December 5th.
In addition to the Macon County and Trousdale County High School Marching Bands entertaining the crowd with popular Christmas music, Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, Lafayette City Mayor J.Y. Carter, RBS Mayor Kenneth Hollis and Representative Terri Lynn Weaver will also graciously participate in the annual parade.
Once again you can expect several beautiful floats, antique cars, youth groups, cheerleaders, beauty queens, school king and queens, utility carts, horses, all terrain vehicles, as well as the famous Shriners and their clown unit. And according to Chairperson Leigh Anne Rich, the RBS and Lafayette Fire Departments will also be on hand to travel the parade route. Local businesses, small and large, and several church entries are also slated to participate, with trophies and cash prizes to be presented to the top finishers in each category. And of course, Santa will make his arrival official as he takes a special place of honor in the parade.
This year’s categories include Antique Car, Antique Tractor, ATV, Horse & Buggy, Horse & Rider, Large Business, Motorcycle, Non-Profit/Church, Small Business and Youth.
WEEN Radio will broadcast live, so bring the family and a folding chair, and have yourself a merry ole time. See you there!