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Lions Club prepares for annual Christmas parade

COVINGTON -- The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington are reminding everyone to plan to gather at the Square on Saturday morning for the annual Christmas parade.

Entertainment is set to begin at a stage set up in front of the Historic Courthouse and will continue until the first float arrives shortly after 11 a.m.

"We are hoping to see some of our Covington Idol winners perform ... Our own three high school marching bands will also perform," said Doreen Stallworth, Lions Club member and parade organizer.

The parade route begins at the corner of Floyd and Anderson streets, proceeding west to the Covington Tourist Center, over to Washington Street and back through the Square to East Avenue, according to Stallworth.

"There were 150 floats in last year's parade. We anticipate that many this year -- an array of floats by churches, businesses, schools, clubs, Scouts, neighborhoods, military and more decorated with a Christmas theme," she said.

Parade Grand Marshal is Melanie Sheets, Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year. The Dukes of Hazzard Covington Fan Club will have four cars in the parade.

"Look for Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in one of those cars," Stallworth said.

Horses will have five different categories for competition this year and a professional judge will make the awards.

Stallworth said she would remind participants that a limitation on the number of vehicles a float entry may use has been added. Only one other vehicle in addition to the float and/or walkers may be included.

Awards will be given for the best entry in categories including, schools, churches, clubs, Scouts, business and more.

Last-minute entries can still be made by submitting a form that can be obtained at Main Street Covington offices at The Center, Ludie's Sporting Goods, Mayfield ACE Hardware, Touch of Country, the Chamber of Commerce Tourist Bureau and from any Lion's Club member.

"This year will be the best and most exciting," Stallworth said. "Bring your family and friends and join the festivities as we welcome Christmas 2009."

Donations of eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones will be accepted at a table set up on the Square, as well as cash donations for the Lighthouse for the Blind.