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DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

The Annual Thomasville Downtown Christmas Parade will be held on Monday, November 26th, 2018.  Every year the Thomasville YMCA and Thomasville-Thomas County Recreation Department host and coordinate the parade which is set to begin at 6:30pm.

 

2018 Theme:

"A Storybook Christmas" - Bring your favorite Christmas stories to life!

 

LINEUP FOR 2018 CHRISTMAS PARADE

 

Rules and Reminders:

1. EVERYONE will end at the Farmer's Market this year! 

  • This means you cannot unload in the middle of Smith Ave.  You have to pull into the farmer's market and unload. 
  • Walkers will go to the left of the shed towards the fence and all vehicles will go around the shed into the open parking lot.  We will have signage and parade officials to assist you.
  • If you don't have to drop off anyone or have walkers you can continue on Smith Ave with your parade entry.  The police and parade officials will let you by.
  • Bands will end at the farmer's market.
  • Communicate with parents so that they will know where to pick their child up. An adult from your group must be responsible for the children until parents arrive.

2.  Parade Officials will have on neon yellow bibs.  Their job is to keep both participants and spectators safe and informed.  Listen and follow their directions in order to ensure a safe parade! If you have any questions, both officials and police will have the lineup and can assist you.  

3.  No one is to dress as SANTA!  We will have only one Santa and we take care of that.  Children get confused as to why there is more than one and we don't want parents having to explain that.

4.  You may hand out candy (not throw!) and/or discount/freebies.  Do not hand out flyers with information as they will get thrown on the ground. 

5.  Music containing rude or obscene lyrics will not be allowed.

6.  All entries are required to maintain a forward motion at all times.  (This is the biggest complaint we had last year)  We will have parade officials along the parade route to encourage forward motion.  When you stop it creates gaps!  So please keep moving!

7.  JUDGING INFORMATION - THEME: A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS! - Judges will evaluate each entry's interpretation of the parade theme. All entries being judged must be in place no later than 5:30 PM. Judging will begin promptly at 5:30 PM and entries not ready at that time will not be judged. Entries not being judged must be lined up by 6 PM. The parade will start promptly at 6:30 PM.

8.  Please use your best judgment.  Police will be located all along the parade route and entries points.   

9.  Please stay in line according to your number. Do not try to get in front of anyone else.

If any of the above rules are not followed, you may be removed from the parade this year and you will not be allowed to participate in the parade the next year.

Thomasville YMCA/Thomas County Recreation looks forward to this event each year and feels that it is a great Thomasville tradition. We thank you again for your participation in helping us to have a successful parade.

 

For more information please contact Katie Ketchum at 226-3446 or kketchum@ymca-thomasville.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everett Milton YMCA (229) 226-3446 (P)
103 S. Dawson St. | Thomasville, GA 31792
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1304 Remington Ave. | Thomasville, GA 31792
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416 W. Clay St. | Thomasville, GA 31792