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Parades set for this weekend

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

COVINGTON -- It wouldn't be Christmas without a parade, and this weekend there will be two in town.

The city of Porterdale's annual Christmas parade will take place at 7 p.m. Friday. The parade will begin on Ga. Highway 81 at Riverfront Road and end at the Depot, where Santa will be waiting to hear what's on children's Christmas wish lists this year. Santa will make his entrance in a sleigh pulled by the always popular miniature reindeer.

From the Depot, folks can watch the lighting of the star on Porterdale's water tower and the city Christmas Tree, located atop Porterdale Mill Lofts. They can also enjoy music provided by the Newton High School Band and Porterdale Baptist Church Choir, roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate and coffee.

In years past the parade has drawn up to 3,000 people, according to Downtown Manager Martha Cain.

"Come out for a good time," Cain said.

For those who don't make it to Porterdale or just want more holiday fun, the Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Covington on Saturday. This year's theme is "The Magic of the Christmas Season," and the marchers will step off promptly at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 for the trek from Newton Drive to the Covington Square.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington.

Local civic groups, churches, sports teams and businesses will participate, and this year's event will include a special "Dukes of Hazzard" themed float and, of course, Santa Claus.

The parade route runs from Newton Drive to Anderson and Floyd Street, heads west down Floyd through the Square, onto Clark Street, Lee Street, Washington and East streets.

News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this story.