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LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce hopes for more Christmas parade float applications

The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce announced at the beginning of October that they still plan to host the 44th annual Christmas parade. 

The parade planning committee is still looking for floats to enter into the parade for the Dec. 3 parade. It begins that evening at 6 p.m. 

Unlike year’s past where floats had to follow the Christmas parade theme, chamber CEO and president Connie Hensler said that floats can do any type of Christmas décor. 

This year’s theme of “Christmas to the Rescue” honors more than one Grand Marshal and recognizes first responders and healthcare professionals across Troup County. Grand Marshals will include LaGrange Fire Department, LaGrange Police Department, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Hogansville Police Department, American Medical Response, Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center, Emory at LaGrange, West Point Fire Department and West Point Police Department.

“We have people interested, and people are filling out applications, but we would certainly like to see more floats enter into the parade,” said membership coordinator Leslie Traylor. “I think it’s going to be a really great turnout.” 

The deadline for any organization or group to turn in a parade float or walking group application is Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. 

To register, visit www.lagrangechamber.com and click on the application, complete it and submit it to the chamber office at 111 Bull Street.

There is a $40 application fee and those entering must bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 

An award banner will be given for first and second place for the winning floats in each category. 

This banner will be carried in front of the float in the parade.

“We want people to sign up earlier rather than later,” Hensler said. “It helps us with planning.” 

Warren Adams, who has helped plan and direct the parade for 29 years, will be handling all the logistics and parade organization the day of the parade. 

“This is just a great tradition in our community and a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Hensler said. “We want everyone to be as safe as possible. We also want people to be able to celebrate the holiday season and to be able to enjoy the floats.” 

The chamber is encouraging everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines.

“It’s just a great way to recognize our first responders and everyone that has worked so hard this past year,” Hensler said. 

Hensler added that although sitting on Santa’s lap was canceled this year, the chamber is planning events in downtown LaGrange before the parade. 

“We are also encouraging for parade goers to stay on Ridley Avenue this year and go enjoy Sweetland on Ice after the parade,” Traylor said. “Ridley is a great viewing point.”

For more information about the parade call the chamber office at (706) 884-8671.