Participants in Thursday’s annual LaGrange-Troup County Christmas Parade have been hard at work building their floats to show off for this year’s float competition.
The competition is divided into six different categories: church, small business, school, civic, large business/industry and first time entry. Each entry was required to pay a $35 entry fee as well as one unwrapped, new child’s toy that is given to Toys for Tots.
Participants must design their floats based on the theme that has been put in place. This years parade theme is “All I want for Christmas is …”
For some participants, the experience of having their own float in the parade is a brand new one, such as Kersey Dental, who have decided that this years theme would be perfect for their type of work
“When we found out that the theme of the parade this year was ‘All I want for Christmas is …’ we thought it was only appropriate that we do ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,’” said Ashley Kersey. “The Christmas parade is always fun how it involves the community and we love to go watch it.”
Instead of watching it this year, however, Kersey and Co. will have a different perspective as they cruise along waving to all from atop their float.
For other participants, such as Beall Plumbing, this will be a return to the float competition.
“This will be our fourth Christmas parade,” said Alex Beall, whose float last year took home one of the first place categories. “I grew up going to the Christmas parade. It’s a great way to get involved with the community.”
The Christmas Parade, hosted by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, starting from Granger Park and going through downtown LaGrange. Float judging will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the LaGrange High School parking lot and winners will be announced at the steps of the school. Awards for first and second places will be given for each category, as well as a banner for each winning entry that can be carried in front of their float during the parade.
Prior to the parade, Grand Marshals Pat and Gail Hunnicutt will light the Christmas tree on Lafayette Plaza at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Jeff Lukken, signaling the beginning of the holiday season in LaGrange.