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Cumming Christmas Parade set for Saturday
Festive procession kicks off season
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CUMMING — With Thanksgiving officially over, it’s time to focus on the Christmas season.

And what better way to get in the spirit than with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It will start at Community and Southern Bank right of Market Place [Boulevard], will head towards Highway 20, will end right in the Lowe’s parking lot and should be over around 11:30 [a.m.],” said Anna Barlow, parade coordinator.

“If we have nice day like we did last year, we will have anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 people in attendance watching and participating.”

More than 30 floats have signed up, and Barlow said local and national bands would be marching in the event.

“Last year, we had 52 floats. This year, my last count I think we were up to 36,” Barlow said. “We also have the Army Band coming back again, which this is the second year that they’ll be joining us. Our high school band will be Lambert.”

Barlow said that she hoped having the annual Jingle Jog 5K and parade back to back will encourage attendees to attend both and help businesses along the bustling retail corridor.

“The Jingle Jog used to be in the morning, and the parade used to be in the afternoon,” she said. “But we decided to do them all together so people will maybe decide to run, the parade and then stay around and shop.”

The run starts at 8:30 a.m.

“We’ve been working with the chamber for the last couple of years,” said Niki Colella, executive director of Forsyth County Community Connection, which puts on the race.

“We felt like it was a great community event that it was something that people could come out, they could run the 5K, and then afterwards they could go and attend the Christmas parade.”

All participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, and will start the race at Taco Mac on Market Place Boulevard and run to downtown Cumming before returning to the restaurant.

“[Registration] is still open,” Colella said. “And we’ll also be doing registration the morning of the race and that will start about 7 [a.m.] and go to about 8. If they register between now and [Friday], it’ll be $25. The day of the race it is $30.”

All money raised from the race will go toward Colella’s group and their various programs. She has previously described the organization as a Georgia Family Partnership Collaborative.

“Basically, what we do is we look for gaps in services among families and children and we try to start programs to fill those gaps, to help better families in Forsyth County,” she said.