Sparta Christmas Parade-UPDATE

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UPDATE:

Christmas Parade Changes agreed with Mayor and Police Dept on Nov 28, 2023.

Fire Trucks with Passengers will unload at the Senior Center

Floats will unload passengers at the Civic Center – ball park lots

Horse Trailers may be spotted at the Old Middle School, or on North Main Street if traction is a concern.

Vehicles dispersing Eastbound will simply stay on Bockman

Vehicles dispersing Northbound, Southbound, or Westbound will turn south on Butler, West on Maple, and very quickly South on South Young Street, proceeding from there.

Rotary will work with the WCHS Band on a lot where Band Members can be picked up.

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Sparta’s 78th Annual Christmas Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of Sparta, will begin at 4 p.m.,  Dec. 9

Dear Sparta and White County,

This year’s Parade, led by the WCHS Marching Band, conducted by Roger Mills, will feature Grand Marshal Rena Johnson, Sparta Rotary Club President Rick Lee, Rotarian of the Year Keith Mills, , County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, Mayor Jerry Lowery,  State Representative Paul Sherrill, Rotary District Governor and Past District Governor Suzy Cantrell and Cindy Gammons, and the usual array of floats, fire trucks, walking groups, and decorated vehicles.  Old Saint Nick has promised to be present, also.

What’s different this year?

This year, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be on the same day as the parade, giving Sparta a chance to engage in an extended celebration.  It also means that this year, the Court Square and Maple Street will not be available for dispersal of vehicles.  As a result, cars and trucks will simply disperse after they pass the Courthouse.  Fire Trucks will unload their passengers at the Old Middle School lot off Quill E Cope Road, and floats will unload their passengers at the lot behind Hunter’s Funeral Home, on Rhea Street off Butler Street.  If you are picking up float or fire truck passengers, PLEASE give those vehicles room to pull in, unload, and exit.

Candy may be thrown, but gently, please.  And please throw your candy far enough it is clear of the path of the Parade.

Line up will begin at 2:00 in the usual places:

  • Fire Trucks in the Career Center Lot
  • Dignitaries and floats facing southbound on Allen Drive,
  • Vehicles (decorate them, please) will line up in the WCHS lot
  • Horses will stage on the grassy knoll off Allen Drive.

Pray for good weather, and Merry Christmas.

Sparta’s Rotarians

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