I have a confession. I am a middle-aged woman who loves small town Christmas parades. Every year I set a goal of attending as many as possible. In the past few years, I haven’t been to any! I don’t have kids who participate in parades and often I have other commitments so I have missed them. And when I started going through my thousands of pictures to find one of a Christmas parade, I came up with nothing. I have hundreds of pictures of random scenes I shot while riding in the car that I will never use. But not one good Christmas parade shot. And yes, I am in the process of cleaning out my photos.
Christmas parades are one of those events that bring a community together. Not only are they free, but you can collect a candy stash that rivals any Halloween haul. You can wave at your friends and neighbors as they ride by in a car made before you were born. The bands march by playing tunes to get us in the Christmas spirit. And let’s not forget the star of the show. Santa Claus has a tour schedule that rivals Ariana Grande or Luke Bryan and unlike KISS, he won’t have a final tour. Sometimes Santa manages to get his sleigh here from the North Pole but if he can’t firefighters are more than happy to give him a lift.
My goal this year is to try to get to as many small town Christmas parades as I can. I have compiled a list for those of us in Northwest Georgia, Southeastern Tennessee and Northeastern Alabama. It’s not an all-inclusive list so if you know of one, let me know. And enjoy the pictures of last year’s December snow. Next year I will be sure to have Christmas parade pictures.
Chattanooga begins its Christmas celebration on Ross’s Landing at 5 p.m. Chattanooga is not a small town but its one of our favorites. They have a lighted boat parade on the Tennessee River and the night ends with fireworks.
Rome Ga. Christmas parade begins at 6:30 p.m. This is the Christmas parade I walked in and watched at least 30 times. People park on Broad Street hours before it begins.
Centre Ala.’s parade begins at 5 p.m.
“May your holidays ‘BEE’ full of cheer” when you attend the Lafayette, GA. Christmas parade at 6 p.m. That’s their theme.
Adairsville, Ga.’s Christmas parade begins at 5 p.m. It’s part of a larger celebration held downtown.
Weaver Ala.’s parade begins at 10 a.m.
Chatsworth, Ga. hosts the North Georgia Mountain Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
Cleveland Tenn.’s Christmas parade begins 6 p.m. but join them on Friday night for their tree lighting and carols.
Rockmart, Ga.’s Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m.
Oxford Ala. holds their Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
Cedartown, Ga.’s Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m.
The Cartersville Exchange Club’s Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m.
Gadsden, Ala. begins their Christmas parade at 10:30 a.m.
Heflin Ala. is dear to my heart because I was editor of the newspaper there in the 90s. Heflin reflects all of the good traits of a Southern small town. Their parade begins at 6 p.m.
Anniston Al.’s Christmas parade. 7 p.m.
Calhoun Ga.’s Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m.