Adairsville celebrates holidays with annual Christmas parade
by John DeFoor
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The Adairsville High School Marching Band travels downtown Adairsville in the city’s annual Christmas parade. Please pick up a copy of today print edition to see more photos from the parade.
JOHN DEFOOR/The Daily Tribune News
The Adairsville High School Marching Band travels downtown Adairsville in the city’s annual Christmas parade. Please pick up a copy of today print edition to see more photos from the parade. JOHN DEFOOR/The Daily Tribune News
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Christmas marched a little closer Saturday night as students and members of Adairsville's community came together for the annual Christmas parade in the city's downtown area.

Beginning at 6 p.m. the parade featured the Adairsville High School JROTC, various scout troops, local organizations, church members, motorcycles, horses, and Santa Claus.

The group was led by the Adairsville High School Band.

"...It's part of a full commitment as far as the marching band is concerned," said AHS Band Director Kevin Brown, "Making sure we support what is happening in our community and also making sure [the marching band] get the full experience of performing in all different aspects.

"Typically what I'll do is [hand out] the music toward the end of the marching season," he said. "That way [the students] can get a head start on it ... and put the commitment on them as far as making sure it's memorized. Then we'll make sure we come back to it later and have a couple of rehearsals putting the marching and the music together."

The band played songs such as "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "'Twas the Parade Before Christmas."

Local businesses in the parade included A&A Wrecker Service, the Etowah Valley Humane Society, and United Community Bank.

"We do this every year to show our support of the community," said Kim Kown, assistant vice president at United Community Bank in Adairsville. "It's Christmas, it's fun ... The kids love it, they like to come out and see -- and of course they love the candy."

The Adairsville middle and high concert bands will have their annual Christmas concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at the AHS Auditorium.

"Its gonna be fun. We've prepared a lot of music and the kids have worked hard for it," Brown said. "We're looking forward to it."