Christ­mas is for kids in Lin­dale

♦ Crowds line Park Av­enue for the com­mu­nity’s an­nual pa­rade led by Santa on the his­toric fire truck.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­[email protected]

It was all about chil­dren Sun­day at the Lin­dale Christ­mas Pa­rade along Park Av­enue.

“Mary wanted to be in the pa­rade so we de­cided to do it,” said Pam Rains, smil­ing at her grand­daugh­ter on a home­made float themed Su­per­heroes for Christ.

Mary Rains, 7, as Won­der Woman was ac­com­pa­nied by her brother Isaac Rains, 9, as Black Pan­ther. Their friends El­lie Davis, who turns 8 this week, and Luke Davis, who is 3 to­day, joined in as Bat­girl and the PJ Masks’ Cat­boy.

“We’re throw­ing beads and candy canes,” El­lie said, twirling a sparkly strand of Mardi Gras baubles.

The an­nual pa­rade — fea­tur­ing Don Reynolds as Santa on the an­tique Lin­dale fire truck — was de­layed by the down­pour Satur­day but the sunshine and warm weather made it worth the wait. Crowds lined the street to see the clas­sic cars, trac­tors and off-road ve­hi­cles be­decked with wreaths, tin­sel and bows.

It was the first out­ing for SSL, the South­side Lin­dale rid­ers club, with ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle lined up at Pep­perell Pri­mary bear­ing a glit­tery “Merry Christ­mas” sign.

“I’m do­ing it for him,” said Ran­dall Wo­mack, point­ing to his 5-year- old son Cameron Wo­mack. “And my step­daugh­ter (Holly Barger, 15). They go to th­ese schools right here.”

The 3 p.m. pa­rade kick­ing off the hol­i­day season meshed with a Christ­mas Arts and Crafts Fes­ti­val at the Gil­breath Recre­ation Cen­ter. The fes­tiv­i­ties were capped with the light­ing of the Star Be­tween the Stacks at the old mill.

A minia­ture star and stacks adorned the God­freys’ float, where Colt God­frey, 8, and friend Layne Reynolds, 8, were dressed as “su­per­hero elves” sav­ing the star from The Grinch.

Cheer­ful jin­gles and Christ­mas car­ols blared from the row of ve­hi­cles, but the big­gest cheers came for the Pep­perell High School Dragon Band — their dec­o­rated in­stru­ments, ba­tons and air­blades glint­ing in the crisp air as they marched and played.

Bring­ing up the rear was the float built by James Mid­dle­ton to please his autis­tic grand­son, Ry­lan Sun­day, 11. Dot­ted with col­or­ful puz­zle pieces sym­bol­iz­ing autism and the motto, “Un­til all the pieces fit,” it bore close to a dozen fam­ily mem­bers danc­ing and sway­ing to “Frosty the Snow­man” and other sea­sonal fa­vorites.

Rita Mid­dle­ton said they en­tered the float in the Rome Christ­mas Pa­rade but Ry­lan en­joyed it so much they all came to Lin­dale. And they’ll be in Cave Spring next week.

The an­nual Cave Spring Christ­mas Pa­rade is set for Satur­day evening, along Al­abama Street to Ro­later Park. The line-up starts at 4:30 p.m. The pro­ces­sion heads out at dark.

/ Diane Wag­ner

Don Reynolds as Santa prac­tices his crowd-pleas­ing wave at the Lin­dale Christ­mas Pa­rade along Park Av­enue Sun­day af­ter­noon.

/ Diane Wag­ner

On their “Su­per­heroes for Christ” float, Won­der Woman Mary Rains (from left), 7, Su­per­girl El­lie Davis, 7, Black Pan­ther Isaac Rains, 9, Bat­girl Eden Davis, 5, and PJ Mask Luke Rains, 3, ready the beads and candy canes for the Lin­dale Christ­mas Pa­rade Sun­day.

Su­per­hero elves Colt God­frey (left), 8, and Layne Reynolds, 8, cap­ture the Grinch (El­liot God­frey) and save the Lin­dale star Sun­day on the fam­ily’s Christ­mas pa­rade float.

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