Aragon Christ­mas Pa­rade set for Dec. 9

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Aragon may be the county’s tini­est town, but the city doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to com­mu­nity events. The sec­ond an­nual Aragon Christ­mas Pa­rade is slated for Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. and the or­ga­niz­ers are look­ing to make im­prove­ments to the now yearly event. The of­fi­cial pa­rade theme is Coun­try Christ­mas. Floats and cos­tumes are en­cour­aged to fea­ture all things nat­u­ral, rus­tic, and south­ern.

“We didn’t have a theme last year, but I felt Coun­try Christ­mas fit re­ally well for a small town like Aragon,” pa­rade or­ga­nizer Lisa Ri­ley said. “We’re hav­ing the pa­rade at 4 p.m., so there won’t be any need for lights on floats just the­matic items.”

Patty and Sadie Pittman will serve as the pa­rade’s grand mar­shals. An hon­orary ti­tle, mar­shals are given the ti­tle based on rele- vance and worth to a pa­rade and its theme, and those se­lected lead the pa­rade from the front.

“The Pittman’s have con­trib­uted greatly to Aragon, and we think it would be an honor to have them serve as grand mar­shals for the pa­rade,” Ri­ley said.

The pa­rade fol­lows a sim­i­lar route to the first an­nual Aragon pa­rade. Like last hol­i­day sea­son, cit­i­zens will be able to watch the marchers, floats, and mu­si­cians from the com­fort of their home, drive­way, or car.

“The pa­rade starts on Groves Street, then takes a right onto First St. fol­lowed by a pass by of the Aragon Mill. Then, the pa­rade heads onto Oak Street be­fore mov­ing to Sixth Street and fin­ish­ing on Aragon Road,” Ri­ley said. “Park­ing is avail­able all over in­clud­ing the mill pond, next to the fields, and if you know any­one from the vil­lage you can al­ways park in their drive­way.”

Those in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing a float will find lit­tle re­sis­tance but should con­tact the or­ga­nizer for pa­per­work and ad­di­tional de­tails. Like most pa­rades, im­por­tant rules are no throw­ing items of any sort, no reck­less driv­ing, rid­ers must be se­cured, cleanup de­tail be­hind an­i­mals, and more. A full list of rules can be ob­tained from Ri­ley.

“En­ter­ing floats is ab­so­lutely free, and en­try is not limited to busi­nesses or churches. Fam­ily ori­ented floats are wel­come too,” Ri­ley said. “Aside from the uni­ver­sal rules, we re­ally just ask that floats keep it fam­ily friendly. Those who want to sign up can get the pa­per­work from me in per­son at my of­fice in Econ­omy Stor­age or have it emailed to them.”

Ri­ley can be reached by phone at 678-616-5538; Eco­nomic Stor­age is lo­cated at 260 W. Elm St. in Aragon.

The high school march­ing bands, Shriners, and Ma­sons are a few groups on the or­ga­niz­ers wish lists.

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