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Take a look at the second annual Cumming Christmas Parade and Festival
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People came out on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, for the 2nd Annual Cumming Christmas Parade and Festival down Tribble Gap/Castleberry Road. - photo by Ben Hendren

Crowds lined both sides of Tribble Gap/Castleberry Road over the weekend, hoping to see some color floats, hear Christmas music and hopefully grab some candy for a relatively new Cumming Christmas tradition.

On Saturday, the city of Cumming hosted its second annual Cumming Christmas Parade and Festival, starting with a parade featuring musical performances, floats and vehicles ranging from Jeeps to firetrucks to SWAT vehicles used by Forsyth County’s Sheriff’s Office leading to the festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

“We had about 100 floats and groups and bands walking through starting at [Forsyth Central High School] and ends at the fairgrounds,” said Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow. “There’s just tons of people out here enjoying the Christmas spirit.”

400 Studio: 2nd Annual Cumming Christmas Parade 2019

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Brumbalow said it seemed like everyone involved was having a good time.

“We had great weather today, tons of people out there and we had tons of floats, lots of people having great times,” Brumbalow said during the festival. “Now, there’s a festival afterward and we’ve got Santa here with the kids taking pictures and Mountain Lake Church’s band and all kinds of goodies outside and vendors in [the barn.] Everybody really seems to be enjoying themselves.”

Though the city previously had parades down Market Place Boulevard, Saturday’s event was the second year of the parade through downtown Cumming and the festival.

“People are just so excited. They love it,” Brumbalow said. “They were glad that we brought it back last year, and this year, I think was even better than last year. The weather cooperated, too, which is always good for a parade.”

As the floats rumbled through downtown Cumming, riders threw out candy and other goodies to members of the crowd. Draven, a 9-year-old waiting to meet Santa, said he came away with two bags of candy and was impressed with the parade.

“I think it’s really cool,” he said. “I mean it’s gone everywhere.”

James Schuster, with Sawnee Acres, a local poultry farm, said he was impressed with the turnout at the parade.

Delaney Willits, who was part of Mickey Hyams & Associates’ float, said it was also her first time taking part in the parade and there was a lot of excitement in the community as the parade came by.

“I think it’s done wonderful,” she said. “Honestly, I’ve seen so many great people that I’ve already met and so many wonderful floats and cars and decorations and even my dog, she’s loving it, she’s getting her exercise. I’ve had a great time so far.”