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City of Newnan's Annual Christmas Parade to Roll into Downtown on Saturday, December 8

 City Seal Color  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2018
   Contact:
Ashley Copeland, Communications Manager
City of Newnan
Office: 678-673-5512
Cell: 470-347-2017
   

CITY OF NEWNAN'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE TO ROLL INTO DOWNTOWN ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

NEWNAN, GA - The City of Newnan's annual Christmas Parade will roll into downtown on Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.

The parade will begin at Armory Road and travel against traffic on LaGrange Street, making a right hand turn on North Court Square going around the square to turn right on East Court Square, ending at Greenville Street. The parade is expected to include various floats, walking groups, decorated cars, trucks and more.

This year's theme is "A Parade of Christmas Trees," and participants are encouraged to incorporate Christmas trees into their floats.

"Each year, the parade is an anticipated activity for the city. We're looking forward to spreading the Christmas cheer to onlookers attending this year's event from the youngest all the way to the young at heart," said Ashley Copeland, city of Newnan, communications manager.

Bill and Anita Headley will serve as this year's parade Grand Marshals. Bill, is a retired construction contractor and founder of Headley Construction. At an age when most people are retired, he returned to college, graduating in spring 2017 from the University of West Georgia. His wife, Anita, most notably known for her philanthropic work throughout the Newnan-Coweta area, and as a supporter and patron of the art community, as well as being active as a member of Central Baptist Church.

"They are both great contributors to the community as a whole, and they both represent what hardworking folks can do for the community," said Norma Haynes, chair of the City's Christmas Commission Committee.

Each year there is a float contest that goes along with the parade. This year, each winner of the following categories will receive a monetary prize and parade plaque. The following categories are: large business, small business, school, church and civic/non-profit

In addition, there will also be a People's Choice Award in which this category is an after parade award specifically designed to drive more people to the City's Facebook page. "We're looking to make this event more special media friendly, and get on lookers more involved," said Copeland. The float with the most unrepeated 'likes' on the City's Facebook page wins. To be eligible for this award the float must have won in one of the five categories on the night of the parade.

The deadline to apply for the parade is between now and Friday, November 29. The entry fee is $35. In addition, there have been a few changes to the parade.

"We've reduced the maximum length of the trailer and floats participating in the parade to 48 feet," said Copeland.

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Copies of the parade application can be downloaded on the City website at http://www.ci.newnan.ga.us/special_events_parades.php or picked up at Newnan City Hall located at 25 LaGrange Street.

For those participating in the parade, a meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information call:
Page Beckwith - pbeckwith@cityofnewnan.org or 678-673-5505
Tina Fronebarger - tfronebarger@cityofnewnan.org or 770-254-2354