‘Just show up and join’ Cave Spring’s pa­rade

♦ The an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade is set for Satur­day.

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

Save the date Satur­day night for the Christ­mas Pa­rade in his­toric Cave Spring.

“Come early, have lunch, en­joy our an­tique places and Christ­mas shop,” said City Coun­cil mem­ber Nancy Fricks, one of the or­ga­niz­ers.

The lineup will start at 4:30 p.m. at Perry Farm Road, with the caval­cade of­fi­cially set to start at “dark-thirty.”

“That’s prob­a­bly 6 or 6:30,” Fricks said with a laugh. “It takes about a good hour or more to line up every­body and the horses.”

The pa­rade heads straight through town to Ro­later Park, so ev­ery spot along the road is a good one.

The theme this year is the same as Rome’s pa­rade — A King Is Born — in case any­one wants to bring their float on down, but al­ways ex­pect sur­prises.

“It’s unique. That’s all I can say. It’s come-as-you-are,” Fricks said.

That’s be­cause there’s no pre-reg­is­tra­tion and no cost to en­ter. Peo­ple just “show up and join in,” she said. The an­nual event typ­i­cally draws dozens of cre­atively decked ve­hi­cles, from ATVs and golf carts to clas­sic cars, wag­ons and flatbed trucks.

Santa Claus will be bring­ing up the rear on the city’s fire truck, and will head over to the gazebo after the es­ti­mated 25to 30-minute pro­ces­sion ends.

“That’s for any­one who wants to take pic­tures, and we’ll be giv­ing out treats for the kids,” Fricks said.

Grand mar­shals San­dra and Larry Lind­sey also will be award­ing tro­phies for the best floats: first, sec­ond and third place.

Rain is fore­cast for the week­end. Fricks said they’re still hop­ing the fore­cast will change, but they’ll an­nounce an al­ter­nate date later if it doesn’t.

Es­tab­lished in 1832 in south­ern Floyd County at what is now the nexus of U.S. 411 and Ga. 100, Cave Spring boasts a pop­u­la­tion of about 1,200 and more than 90 struc­tures on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

Its name­sake spring, where the city gets its drink­ing wa­ter, flows from the lime­stone cave in Ro­later Park that is open for vis­i­tors dur­ing the day.

/ Doug Walker

Santa Claus will head to the down­town gazebo for pho­tos and treats Satur­day after the Cave Spring Christ­mas Pa­rade, which is sched­uled to start around 6 p.m.

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