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Parade, tree lighting set for this weekend

POSTED: December 4, 2013 4:00 a.m.

In what officials hope will become a new holiday tradition, Dawsonville will hold its first Christmas parade on Saturday.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the procession will set out from the cemetery on Academy Street and proceed along Hwy. 53 through downtown Dawsonville before ending at City Hall.

Citing a quote from baseball legend Babe Ruth, Mayor James Grogan said the parade was about community and teamwork.

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success," Grogan said. "You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't work together, the club won't be worth a dime."

The team to which he was referring includes the city and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, which joined together to create the parade.

"With individual stars giving extraordinary effort for a common goal, we have planned an absolutely fantastic parade and tree lighting," Grogan said.

After the parade, attendees are invited to stick around for the annual tree lighting, set for 6 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

Grogan said visitors can expect race cars, go-carts, floats, horses, tractors, hot chocolate, cider, popcorn, several food choices, entertainment and "of course the man in red, Santa Claus, taking pictures with your little ones."

"Don't miss this opportunity to get out, support your community and get into the Christmas spirit," he said.

Both events are free to attend, but there are some extra costs, such as food and photos with Santa.

For the parade, participation is free, but there will be a $20 fee if you want your entry to be judged after the event.

Those interested in having a float or group in the parade can contact the chamber at (706) 265-6278 or visit for an application.




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