MOULTRIE -- The annual Downtown Moultrie Festival of Lights Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m. A pre-show will be held on the courthouse square at 5 p.m.

City of Moultrie Main Street Director Amy Johnson said there are about 90 entrants in the parade with Santa Claus ending the parade. The theme for this year's parade is "All-American Christmas"; all veterans of Colquitt County will serve as the parade's grand marshals.

The theme and grand marshals were chosen because of the sacrifices of veterans who have served in the military and are currently serving around the world, Johnson said. The hope is to honor and give recognition to all those that have served the country.

Johnson said any veteran can contact Hoyt Holland at the Veterans of Foreign Wars to participate.

Johnson said pre-show entertainment will feature dancing and singing performances. A dance routine will be performed by the South Georgia Performing Arts in Cairo, and Downtown Idol winner Rhett Knox and Junior Downtown Idol winner Kaitlyn Paine will be singing.

The parade route will begin at First Methodist Church on First Street Southeast, go around the courthouse square and conclude near First Baptist Church on South Main Street, Johnson said. Bands from Colquitt County High School, Willie J. Williams Middle School and C.A. Gray Middle School will be performing as part of the parade.

Entries in the parade will be judged, and Johnson said there are four main categories with a winner in each category. Prizes will be awarded to the best school, church, club/organization and community business entry.

Johnson said there are still a couple of spots still available in the parade. Anyone who would like to enter the parade can contact her at 890-5455 for more information.

This is the eighth year she has been a part of the parade, and Johnson said this is the most community involvement and most diverse parade she has seen. She invites everyone to come out and be a part of the festivities.

Handicapped seating will be available on the square at First Avenue Southeast, Johnson said.

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