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Two parades will usher in holiday season in Newton County

COVINGTON — There will be parades a-plenty in Newton County this holiday season, with both Porterdale and Covington hosting events in early December.

Teri Haler, director of Porterdale Downtown, said organizers are looking for Porterdale parade entries for the event that will be held Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Haler said the parade typically draws about 25 entries.

In addition to the parade, Porterdale’s festivities will include Santa and live reindeer, the lighting of the town Christmas tree, the lighting of the traditional star atop the town’s water tower, a bonfire, hot chocolate, food and more.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade should call City Hall at 770-786-2217 or stop by to register.

Covington’s Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington, will take place the next day, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.”

According to the Lions Club website, the parade has already met its limit of 100 entrants, but those who would like to participate will be placed on a waiting list in case of a cancellation. Online only applications are accepted at covingtongalions.org/events/christmas-parade.

Parade lineup will take place on Newton Drive. From there the parade will head west on Newton Drive, left on Anderson Street, right on Floyd/Clark street and proceed through the Square, turn left on Lee Street, left on Washington/College street, proceed back through the Square, and end at East Street.

A trophy will be awarded to the best all-around entry based on holiday spirit, theme, creativity and construction. First- and second-place ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches, civic groups and businesses. Horse awards will be presented for: best tack, best rider costume, best group, best groomed, and best in sportsmanship and conduct.

There is no fee to enter the parade, but the Covington Lions Club will accept donations on the day of the parade to benefit the White Cane fund, which uses 100 percent of proceeds for eye surgeries and vision clinic services for the visually impaired.