Lions Club seeks applications for Christmas parade

COVINGTON - The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington are seeking applications for the 2007 Covington Christmas Parade, set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The theme of this year's parade is "Celebrate the Holidays," and is open to interpretation, according to Parade Chairman Ed Minge.

Floats can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's and other seasonal traditions, he said.

Last year's parade boasted 152 entries, including 60 decorated floats and vehicles.

This year, bands from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools have already confirmed they will be marching. As in years past, the grand marshal will be the Newton County Teacher of the Year, to be announced Nov. 8.

"The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington will oversee the judging of the floats before the parade in various categories: high school, middle school, elementary, kindergarten, civic clubs, corporate, neighborhood and horses," Minge said "A Best Overall Award will be presented during the parade. The floats continue to improve year by year as creative minds are put to work. Rumor has it that Santa will be with us again this year."

Applications may be obtained at www.downtowncovington.org. Click on the Events link to download a form. Applications are also available at Mayfield Hardware, Ludie's Sporting Goods and the Newton County Welcome Center. The entry deadline is Nov. 28.

For more information, call 770-385-6697.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.