Christmas parade, festival Saturday
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The Piedmont Community Council is leading the way to get Piedmont’s residents in a festive mood for the season. The council, along with the city, will sponsor the annual Christmas festival and parade Saturday.

The festival will start at the Clyde H. Pike Civic Center at 10 a.m. All vendors must be registered before Thursday and have an assigned space to participate. Only 35 inside spaces are available, so council members encourage everyone to sign up today.

There is a $10 fee for each 9x10 space. Throughout the day, there will be Christmas carolers. Santa Claus will be there from 2:30-3:30, and there will be special music from adult, children and youth groups.

Churches that would like to participate can contact Dan Freeman at 256-239-6580 or Carolyn Freeman at 256-283-4943.

Senior citizens will serve free chili as long as it lasts. There will be some indoor food vendors.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the National Guard Armory and travel down Main Street, turning left onto Ladiga Street and continuing to the civic center where it will end.

Parade applications can be picked up at the city clerk’s office or the civic center or request a form online by sending a request to

For more information, contact Ben Singleton at 447-3582 or Carl Hinton at 447-3596.

The theme for this year will be A Christmas Theme. Plaques will be awarded on stage at the civic center for best theme, most original and best overall. Each entry will be introduced at the gazebo in the center of town.

Churches, schools, businesses, volunteer organizations, bands, cheerleaders, EMA groups, fire departments, rescue squads, beauty pageant winners, classic cars, DAV groups, Shriners, scouts, singers, dancers, soldiers, elected officials, judges or other groups are encouraged to enter the parade.

This year’s parade will not be restricted to specific groups. All groups will be allowed, including horses, motorcycles, four-wheelers, four-wheel drive trucks (mudders) and rock crawlers. All entries must be clean, safe and be decorated in a Christmas theme. All entries will be approved by parade officials.

Council members urge organizations, groups and individuals to maintain a safe and courteous manner. Anyone thought to be abusing the privilege will be removed from the parade immediately. Anyone removed will be barred from all future activities and events.
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