Sponsored by the

Fair Grove Lions Club and Thomasville Tourism


Instructions, Rules and Regulations


Only groups, organizations, and units who have submitted a signed entry form will be allowed to enter the parade. Entry form due date is Saturday, November 12, 2016 (one week prior to parade). The final lineup will be posted on the website Wednesday night (November 16, 2016) and published in the Thomasville Times on Saturday, November 19, 2016 (day of parade).           


Parade will be televised live on city government cable channel 13 and/or 74.1.


The parade will start at 3:00 PM, Saturday, November 19, 2016 (rain or shine).
Note: We are going to allow Bands, Cheerleaders and Dance groups to stop and perform at stage.


Lineup will begin at 12:00 noon on Julian Avenue (see map). Look for Lions (wearing yellow safety vests) for assistance. The lineup area will be closed to through traffic during lineup. Entries should enter at Sunrise if possible to avoid congested areas and the inevitable U-turn. Look for lineup numbers painted on road. Please arrive early to avoid the last minute traffic jam and carpool if possible. Parents dropping off kids will be allowed in the lineup area.


Professional floats will lineup in the parking lot across from TFI Plant C (see map). At the end of parade all professional floats should turn right on Hoover stop and unload in the right hand lane.


Marching units will assemble at TFI Plant C parking lot (same as professional floats) Kenny Avenue. Accompanying motorized entries must assume lineup position on Julian Avenue. Parents dropping off kids please take E Main (road in front of TFI showroom) turn around and park in TFI parking lot across from showroom. Marchers will not be permitted to turn around at end of parade and walk back up parade route in front of spectators. Marching Units will take a right onto Hoover street and disassemble at lot behind Whistle Stop (see map).


Units that perform must keep moving forward in the parade procession while routines are being performed. You may stop and perform at the stage only if requested on entry form. We will create a gap behind you to ensure parade does not stop. Bands and large dance groups will be allotted 30 seconds. All others 15 seconds.  Note: Units that stop and perform will be put in the 2nd half of parade.


All drivers of motorized units watch for Lions wearing a safety vest. Follow their signals. At end of parade do not stop on Lexington Avenue to unload. Pull over in one of the many available lots down Lexington Avenue. Do not pull into the lots beside or behind Whistle Stop. Follow the direction of the uniformed Thomasville police officers. We recommend walkers beside floats gently toss candy.


All horse entries will park and unload at the TFI Plant C dirt lot on Julian (see map). If the lot is full go to the grass field at the end of lineup. At the end of Parade stop in the parking lot beside Whistle Stop Restaurant and wait for Police escort back through town.  Accompanying motorized entries must assume lineup position on Julian Ave. Please stay in lineup position.  Ride single file in center of road.  We will provide adequate cleanup. Horse groups must submit signed entry form prior to the parade!  .  


All units should be identified (signs) and should be decorated with a Christmas theme. 


Only one Santa Claus will be allowed in the parade. This Santa will be riding the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce Float at the end of the parade.


In consideration of the acceptance of your entry in the Thomasville Christmas Parade, you, including your employees and family members, release and discharge the Fair Grove Lions and Thomasville Tourism from any liability in any activity from participation in the 2014 Thomasville Christmas Parade. You assume all responsibility for damages and or injury to your entry, other entries, spectators or private property resulting from your entry.