Augusta Christmas parade is Saturday

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Lynn Huff’s childhood memories are of a different Augusta Christmas parade.

Arica Batchelor watches the fireworks show with her daughter, Bailey (right), and son, Manu, as Kacie Kelly (left) watches with her son, Ayden Enriquez, after the tree was lit last Christmas at Augusta Common.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/FILE
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Arica Batchelor watches the fireworks show with her daughter, Bailey (right), and son, Manu, as Kacie Kelly (left) watches with her son, Ayden Enriquez, after the tree was lit last Christmas at Augusta Common.

“I remember twirling a baton in the parade when it crossed from North Augusta to Augusta,” said Huff, who is the coordinator of the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant Christmas Fantasy Parade, which will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, down Broad Street.

At one time, the North Augusta Jaycees and the Augusta Jaycees held a joint parade before separating the routes. The North Augusta Jaycees folded in the 1970s, and the North Augusta Lions Club took over the North Augusta parade, which is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, along Georgia Avenue.

The Augusta Jaycees folded in the late 1990s, and it’s come under the umbrella of the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant ever since.

Huff said she’s expecting between 80 and 100 participants.

“We only have 100 spaces,” she said.

It’s a highlight of the year for the winners of the Miss Augusta pageant, which is coming up in January.

Also Saturday in downtown Augusta is the annual Christmas Light-Up Spectacular. The 12 Bands of Christmas will once again join the event and be playing throughout the day beginning around noon at Augusta Common. At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Deke Copenhaver will flip the switch on the city’s Christmas tree.

Other activities are planned throughout the day at the common including cookie decorating and a visit from Santa.

The Saturday Market will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eighth Street Plaza.

Toys for Tots will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and Golden Harvest Food Bank will be collecting canned goods.

For more details, visit myaugustadowntown.com.


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