Aiken, North Augusta to hold Christmas parades

  • Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 3:56 p.m.
Life Point Church's float points the way to the North Pole.
Life Point Church's float points the way to the North Pole.

The Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade and the North Augusta Lions Christmas Parade are Sunday.

Widely seen as an Aiken tradition, the Aiken parade will begin at 2 p.m. in downtown and will feature a variety of entries such as civic groups, churches, bands and nonprofit organizations plus a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Lineup for the parade will start around 1 p.m., and the route will follow Park Avenue, north on Laurens Street and will end near Trinity Lutheran Home.

The parade is free to the public, and hundreds of people typically attend each year. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

This year, the parade's theme is Cartoon Christmas.

It will be televised on WJBF News Channel 6, according to the Aiken Jaycees.

The deadline for turning in applications to participate was Dec. 1.

Those who participate in the parade are asked to remember that neither candy nor literature can be thrown into the crowd per a City of Aiken ordinance. The ordinance will be enforced by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The North Augusta Lions Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m., as well.

The parade, with the theme Dreams of Christmas, will be televised on WRDW-TV2 my12.

The deadline to submit an application to participate was Nov. 29. This year there are 96 entries, according to organizer Verlon McDowell, including local churches and Boy Scout troops.

The parade route will start at the K-Mart shopping center at the corner of Martintown Road, follow Georgia Avenue, and turn onto Buena Vista Avenue.

Last year, an estimated 4,000 people turned out to watch the parade. The parade is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to sit on.

Sunday's forecast is partly sunny with a high of 74 degrees.

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