“There’s no charge [for parade participation], we just ask that you fill out an application so we can plan ahead,” Susan Gilmore, chair of the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority, said, adding the theme of this year’s event is “The Polar Express: To Believe.”
Applications for the parade are available at businesses on the square, Gilmore said, as well as at www.adairsvilleonthesquare.com. She said the DDA will be taking applications until Wednesday, Dec. 4.
“Starting at 4:30 we’re going to have our local school choruses sing — the Adairsville Elementary and Adairsville Middle choruses — then the 8th Regiment Civil War Band is going to play for us from 5 to 6.” Gilmore said. “At 6 o’clock we’re going to have our parade and after the parade and until 8 o’clock it’s going to be Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen band is going to be performing. They’re a jazz and Americana-style band.”
She continued, “The Civil War band is going to play with authentic instruments and they’ll play old regimental tunes.”
Gilmore said the event usually draws about 1,000 people. The DDA also will offer hospitality tents with hot chocolate.
“Our goal is to get foot traffic downtown and [local businesses] are very responsive to that,” Gilmore said. “They are open and they have good sales during that time.”
Jean Couch, who operates Emi Lu’s Cakes & Treats with her daughter Paula Collins, said the bakery looks forward to the event every year.
“[Local businesses] offer a place where people can go while they are waiting on the parade and afterwards they can do a little shopping. Everything we do is homemade and we have our own famous Emi Lu’s coffee with all the flavorings ...,” Couch said. “We have a case full of goodies with cupcakes, treats and apples and we go all out for [Christmas on the Square].
“It’s like a mini festival.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a traditional Christmas event without a particularly jolly guest of honor.
“Santa is riding in the parade so we’re always excited to see Santa and he will be available for pictures afterwards at our depot ... around 6:30,” Gilmore said. “The live music and chorus [performances] are going to be very lively and entertaining. You may want to bring a lawn chair and come sit outside and enjoy.”