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Christmas parade set for Friday night

PORTERDALE - A parade featuring Santa and his reindeer will usher in the annual Christmas in the Village celebration Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

The parade, which will start at the Village Inn on Ga. Highway 81 about 6 p.m. and continue to the town's historic train depot, will feature the marching sounds of the Newton High School Marching Band. Also included in the parade will be various civic groups, DARE units, the Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department, the Porterdale Police Department canine unit, the Newton Saddle Club, Tumble Bus and more, according to Sandy Fowler, Porterdale's downtown manager.

Once the parade reaches its destination, Fowler said children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and his live reindeer. Photos will be available for purchase, she said.

School choruses and church choirs will provide musical entertainment, as well as Anita Denny, who will present some holiday music with a country flavor. Porterdale Mayor Bobby Hamby will deliver the countdown to the lighting of Porterdale's huge Christmas tree that sits atop the Porterdale Mill Lofts.

Local merchants, including restaurants, will stay open for the event, Fowler said, and other vendors will be set up inside the Cotton Mill Warehouse area for Christmas shopping opportunities. Local author and Citizen columnist Darrell Huckaby will be on hand at Tattersall's at the Mill, she added.