Rock­mart Christ­mas Pa­rade, fes­tiv­i­ties com­ing soon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]

Santa is com­ing to town, and with the an­nual Rock­mart Christ­mas Pa­rade of­fi­cially sched­uled for De­cem­ber 7 at 6 p.m., lo­cals are in­vited to see St. Nick, the pa­rade’s nu­mer­ous floats, and the var­i­ous other par­tic­i­pants from the com­fort of the city’s down­town area. In the event of rain, the pa­rade will be held on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in­stead.

This year’s theme- “O Holy Night”- is be­ing shared with the an­nual Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus Con­cert and Su­san Wa­ters’ gallery ex­hibit. The con­cert is slated for Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at Rock­mart’s theatre; the gallery ex­hibit is slated for Novem­ber 7 through Dec. 22 at the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

The pa­rade’s route is the same as last year. Be­gin­ning at Hil­burn Field park­ing lot, 815 Col­lege St., the pa­rade will con­tinue straight onto Col­lege Street be­fore tak­ing a left onto N. Pied­mont Av­enue. Af­ter­ward, the pa­rade will make a right onto E. Elm Street, and a left turn will take the pa­rade onto S. Mar­ble. Floats and large trucks will reach Maple Street and promptly be di­rected to turn left onto Slate Street.

Ci­ti­zens strug­gling to pick a view­ing spot are en­cour­aged to watch the pa­rade from the city’s his­toric down­town area. Along­side a great view of the ac­tion, shops will be open late for ci­ti­zen’s din­ing and shop­ping plea­sures, and those camp­ing out down­town will have front row seats to the light­ing of the Rock­mart Christ­mas tree.

“Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the pa­rade, the Rock­mart Fire Depart­ment will stop with Santa Claus at the Rock­mart His­tory Mu­seum to light the Rock­mart Christ­mas Tree and meet with kids of all ages,” RCAC Di­rec­tor Peggy Cline shared. “The Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus will be singing car­ols at the tree light­ing, too.”

In­stead of watch­ing, lo­cals may be in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing. The pa­rade is still ac­cept­ing floats, and those in­ter­ested can visit www.rock­mart-ga.gov to ap­ply un­til Nov. 30. Like with any pa­rade, there are rules, and ac­cepted par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to fol­low the theme with lights and dec­o­ra­tions.

Those who get ac­cepted into the pa­rade have an op­por­tu­nity to win big with a first place prize of $500, a run­ner-up prize of $300, and a third place prize of $150. The award will be given out in two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in­clud­ing a church cat­e­gory and a school/club/non-profit cat­e­gory. Com­mer­cial busi­nesses are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, but those who do are not el­i­gi­ble for an award.

As al­ways, the pa­rade is free, but there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to spend some money.

“Come to the pa­rade, check out the stores in down­town Rock­mart, and en­joy the Christ­mas com­edy, “Christ­mas Belles” af­ter­ward at The Rock­mart Theatre at 7:30 pm,” Cline shared. “Tick­ets for the play are $10 at the door.”

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