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Parade to usher in Christmas season Friday

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

The Christmas season will be ushered in with the annual Manchester Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Friday night.

This year’s parade will be just about as big as years past with 77 entries set to snake their way down Murfreesboro Highway and North Spring Street in front of a crowd expected to be in the thousands.

Manchester Food Lion employee Stephen Pate arranges Fraser Fir Christmas trees in front of the store Monday afternoon. Christmas trees are going up across town and the annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be Friday to help usher in the holiday season.

“I hope we have a big crowd out like in years past,” said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman. “It’s going to be a big parade.”

The parade entries will lineup at 6 p.m. and the parade will start moving an hour later. It will begin along State Route 55 (McMinnville Highway) in front of the middle school and turn north on U.S. Highway 41 before turning onto the downtown square using North Spring St. It will pass by the Coffee County Courthouse before dispersing.

After the parade an adopt-a-dog event will be held at the farmer’s market building located at 225 E. Main Street.

“Anyone who attends the parade can adopt a dog for free,” said Manchester administrative assistant Joy Ballard. “They will get dog food and a treat bag, too.”

Floats will be judged for first through third place with cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 being rewarded to those top finishers. Trophies were donated by Logos, Awards and More.

“All the employees in every department have been putting decorations up after Thanksgiving,” explained Norman. “I’m glad to see everyone working together. I think this parade means a lot to this community. Everyone always enjoys it as we get ready for the Christmas holiday.

“I hope everyone shops in Manchester and has a good Christmas.”