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Liberty to parade for Christmas
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The 11th annual Christmas parade presented by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is open for early bird registration.
This year’s theme is “It’s a small world, Christmas around the world.”
“It has a two-fold meaning,” Kenny Smiley, executive director of the chamber said. “It’s a small world represents the diverse community and cultures within Liberty County and the different ways these cultures celebrate Christmas.
“Christmas around the world is to remind us of our troops stationed all around the world and remember them during the holidays,” he said.
New for this year is the requirement that all the entries and floats be illuminated.
“We want everything to be lit up, even if you enter with just a car, we want that car decorated with lights,” Leah Poole said. Another new item this year is that the parade committee will not accept applications for motorcycle entries.
“Based on advice from the city and for safety reasons we will not accept motorcycle entries this year, Poole said.
The parade committee hopes to receive entries showcasing the way Christmas is celebrated in different cultures.
This past year’s parade had about 20 floats and the committee is hoping to exceed that this year.
“We have such a diverse community due to the military and we had some very creative floats in our previous parades. We hope to have many entries again this year,” Kim Thomas said.
This year’s grand marshal is former county commissioner and local business owner, M.L. Coffer.
The parade committee is also extending an invitation for bands from surrounding communities to participate.
“We have great bands at Liberty County High School and Bradwell, but we hope to also include bands from Savannah State or Georgia Southern,” Smiley said.
Smiley hopes every business will participate and have a float entry.
The committee is offering an early bird registration until Oct. 26. Applications received before the 26th, will pay only $45, for profit organizations or $35 for non-profits. There is an additional $15 fee for larger group entries.
The parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and will follow the traditional parade route starting and ending at Bradwell and traaveling down Main Street.
Also, the committee is working to have the parade televised.
“It’s a great way to end a Friday night, and a great way to start the weekend,” Smiley said.
Parade entry forms are available at the chamber office. Those interested ccanalso have an entry form mailed to them or sent via email.
For more information about the parade, call the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce at 368-4445.
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