Parade heralds holidays

Thousands line the streets
Nov. 17, 2012 @ 08:04 PM

Main Street hosted the 2012 Thomasville Christmas Parade Saturday where more than 100 entries off the holiday season on a beautiful fall afternoon.
Local businesses, public officials, high schools and veterans all put their best forward for the Chair City’s annual parade, kicking off the holidays with a pageantry of music, dancing and plenty of candy. A total of 139 participants made up this year’s event that highlighted veterans. Major General Hubert Leonard, the parade’s Grand Marshal, rolled out third in line, immediately behind the Thomasville City Fire Department Honor Guard.
People of all ages lined Main Street, watching local high school bands like East Davidson, Thomasville High School, South Davidson and Wheatmore High School perform. Area fire departments joined civic groups along the route, tossing candy and raising awareness for community programs. No Christmas would be complete without Santa Claus, who concluded the event offering holiday cheers to all.
This year was the second installment of a three-year contract between Thomasville Tourism and Fair Grove Lions Club, who are partnering on the event through 2013.