At 4 p.m., the tree ceremony will begin at Friendship Plaza beside the Cartersville train depot, with the 50-foot Japanese Cryptomeria being illuminated at 5:59 p.m. Along with pictures with Santa Claus, the offering will feature vocal and dance performances.
After lining up at the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot at 4 p.m., parade participants will depart at 6 p.m., turning right on Church Street, left on Bartow Street, left on Main Street, left on Stonewall Street, left on Church Street, right on Tennessee Street and then return to Tabernacle Baptist. Entry applications and more information are available at the Exchange Club website, www.cartersvilleexchange.com, or by calling 770-608-7009.
According to a press release from the Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange Club, “This decision to move the parade to the rain date was made by the Exchange Club Parade Committee based on the forecast of inclement weather for this Thursday evening. This is the first time in the history of the Exchange Club Christmas Parade that it has been postponed, but the decision was made in consideration of the parade participants and spectator safety and comfort. ... The Exchange Club apologizes for any inconvenience this move will cause, but feels it is the best decision for the community.”
Area residents are encouraged to enter a non-commercial or commercial float or vehicle in the parade. Proceeds from the parade — donations to the bucket brigade at the beginning of the event and entrance fees ranging from $50 to $200 — will benefit Advocates for Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County.
For more information about the parade or to obtain an application, visit www.cartersvilleexchange.com or call 770-608-7009.
Advocates for Children also will benefit from the second annual Jingle Jog, which will precede the Christmas Parade. Dressed in festive attire, participants will jog the 1.4-mile parade route at 5:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the Jingle Jog fun run will support Advocates, which serves more than 2,600 area youth each year through the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter and providing services that assist in the awareness, prevention and treatment of child abuse.
Since about 55 percent of Advocates’ annual more than $1.7 million budget is raised by the local community, benefits like the Jingle Jog are integral to the nonprofit’s success.
To register for the event, visit www.AdvoChild.org or call 770-387-1143. People can register for $30 on Dec. 12, 4 p.m., at Tabernacle Baptist Church’s gravel parking lot.