Originally created 12/15/00

Parade is family-friendly



Christmas has always been about tradition - decorating the tree, exchanging gifts, the honeyed ham slowly roasting on Christmas Day and, of course, the annual Jaycee Christmas Parade.

For 28 years, the Augusta Jaycees have brought local families downtown to watch as bands and floats file past, each bringing its own special brand of holiday cheer.

The 28th Annual Augusta Jaycees Christmas parade will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts at 13th and Broad streets, proceeds east on Broad then turns right on Seventh Street and ends at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot.

"This is going to be the largest parade we've had in several years," said Beverly Crowell, chairwoman of the event. "We have 115 entries this year, and I think a lot of them will be really great. I know that FedEx is entering a float this year, and the Martinez Fire Department is planning a neat float as well."

Also participating in this year's parade will be local high school marching bands and nearly 300 Girl Scouts marching en masse.

Ms. Crowell said she believes diversity is the secret to any parade's success.

"I always love to see how all these different groups celebrate the Christmas season," she said. "Christmas really means something different for all of us, so it's interesting to see it interpreted through other people's eyes."

Parades have also remained popular because they are one of the few entertainments safe for the entire family. Never has a Christmas parade been prefaced with a parental warning for content.

"It's become very hard to find something the whole family can do," Ms. Crowell said. "But a parade is always safe. And even if your family isn't here, you can always gather your friends, your adopted family, and go to the parade to begin your holiday season."

On parade

What: The Augusta Jaycees Christmas parade

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Begins at 13th and Broad streets, proceeds east on Broad Street, then right on Seventh Street to end at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or suhles@hotmail.com.