Monday, November 10, 2008

16th Annual Holiday at Home Parade

Plan NOW to join us for the 16th Annual Holiday at Home Parade in Historic Downtown Jonesboro. There were over 2000 participants last year and hundreds more lined the route to enjoy this Annual Holiday Tradition! Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this year’s parade date is Saturday, November 22nd.

Arts Clayton is thrilled to announce that our traditional and honored Parade Host Mr. Truett Cathy will again act as the Grand Marshall of the Holiday at Home Parade.

Presented by Arts Clayton, Clayton County, the City of Jonesboro, and thanks to the annual sponsorship of Heritage Bank, the Holiday at Home Parade brings together civic organizations, schools, churches, businesses and local agencies for this community-wide celebration. The parade features floats, high school marching bands, ROTC units, community groups and civic organizations, fire trucks, vintage cars, police safety vehicles, and of course one of the all-time kids’ favorite, Sparkey the Fire Dog. And of course, as a very special treat, Mr. Santa Claus is expected to make his annual appearance at the end of the parade.

This year’s Holiday at Home Parade theme is “There’s No Place Like Home”. The Parade steps off at 4:30pm. Monetary awards will be given for the Best of Parade, Best use of Theme, Most Artistic and Colorful, Best Performance, Greatest Outreach (having greatest community impact), Outstanding Audience Appeal and Best High School Marching Band. Following the parade, and the lighting of the Grand Tree on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse, the day's festivities will conclude as the City of Jonesboro hosts their popular Holiday Street Dance completing the scene.

For community’s added enjoyment, the City of Jonesboro also sponsors a street festival all along Main Street with booths featuring gifts, crafts, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family.

The Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main St., will host the annual Mistletoe Market, offering beautiful and unique gift items of original art at affordable prices for everyone on your list!

The Holiday at Home Parade begins at the intersection of McDonough Street and Stockbridge Road (old 138 Hwy) and proceeds north to the Confederate Cemetery, crosses the railroad tracks and turns south along Main Street to the Clayton County Courthouse. For those wanting to participate, applications are available online at www.artsclayton.org; in person at the Arts Clayton Gallery; by email request to artline@artsclayton.org, or call Arts Clayton at 770-473-5775 to receive information by mail or fax. To participate as a vendor in the Street Festival, contact the City of Jonesboro at 770-478-3800.
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