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Parade rolls Friday evening
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Santa Claus waves to the crowd from the back of a firetruck at an earlier parade. - photo by Photo provided.

The 18th annual Illuminated Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Hinesville starting at 6:30 Friday evening.
Organized by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year’s theme, “A Parade of Giving.” Chamber CEO Leah Poole said the theme highlights local non-profits, volunteer organizations and other charities, giving residents a chance to see the good being done in Liberty County.
The parade begins on Central Avenue, continues to Welborn Street to West Gen. Screven Way, to West Hendry Street and finish on North Main Street. Spectators are welcome all along the route. The main review area will be downtown in front of the courthouse. There will be bleachers there, but they are normally crowded so spectators can bring chairs.
The parade has been held in Hinesville for the past 17 years and showcases businesses, groups and organizations from all over the area. This event has previously attracted more than 15,000 spectators. The commentators for this year’s parade are Dawn Baker from WTOC-TV, Brooke Childers with the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and Pastor Richard Hayes from New Day Community Church. The parade will be televised on WTOC.
For more information, call the chamber at 368-4445 or visit its website at

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