Parade plans in the works

COVINGTON -- Preparations for the east metro community's annual Christmas parades are in their final phase with events in both Conyers and Covington on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Conyers Parade will commence at 4:30 p.m. and organizers say they are taking no more applications for floats for their "A Star Spangled Christmas" parade. However, they want to get the word out that they are using the event to help stock the empty shelves at the Rockdale Community Food Bank.

There will be receptacles for donations of canned foods along the parade route, at the ice skating rink and there will be a truck in the Rockdale County Courthouse parking lot adjacent to the Christmas tree which will be lit following the parade at 6 p.m.

Items specifically needed include: canned meats like chili, tuna and salmon; spaghetti sauce/spaghetti; canned vegetables; canned and boxed soup; instant potatoes; peanut butter/jelly; beans; Ramen Noodles; rice; cereals, packaged snack cakes and cookies; Hamburger Helper; non-perishable boxed meals; macaroni and cheese; bread; canned/bottled juice; powdered drink mixes; and any non-perishable food items.

Organizers with the Covington Lions Club remind citizens and businesses it is not too late to register to participate in their "A Southern Christmas in Covington" parade set to begin at 11 a.m. Applications are available at Mayfield Hardware at the Kroger shopping complex on U.S. Highway 278 or the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center in downtown Covington.

Those creating floats are asked to carry out the "Southern Christmas" theme and remember no live Santa Claus will be in the parade except the official Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be on the last float.

More than 125 floats, trucks and golf carts are expected to participate, including representations from churches, schools, marching bands, civic groups and Scout troops. Trophies will be awarded.

The Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year is the Grand Marshal and will be recognized on the stage on the Square. Also, the Dukes of Hazzard will once again join the parade. Live music will begin at 10 a.m.

As a special treat local artist Linda Pflug with Southern Heartland Arts Guild on the Square has done a "Christmas Lion" portrait which will be a focal point on the stage. Also, there will be six Christmas trees at the stage donated by Berry Christmas Tree Farm. These trees will be sold for $25 directly after the parade and proceeds will benefit the Lions White Cane fundraiser to help with eye surgery for the less fortunate.

Lions will be accepting donations for White Cane during the parade. Also, there is no charge to enter the parade, but anyone who would care to make a contribution to help defray the cost of the parade, that, too, would be much appreciated.

Lions are also asking that those who attend the parade make an effort to carpool as parking is always at a premium with the usual large turnout for the popular event.

For more information, visit the Lions website at www.covingtongalions.org; email covparade12@yahoo.com or call Main Street Covington at 770-385-2077.