Organizers of the annual North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade expect a crowd to gather along Georgia Avenue on Sunday.
“People line up all the way from Martintown (Road) to Buena Vista (Avenue). They are usually five to six people deep,” said Faye Purcell, who chairs the parade along with Verlon McDowell.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. with about 100 entries expected to participate. Purcell said the parade has had as many as 114 entries in the past. The parade will also be televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21, Atlantic Broadband Channel 7 and WOW! Channel 7.
With a theme of Christmas Memories, the parade will feature school bands, civic groups and businesses. It will end a special visit from Santa riding a fire truck.
“We would love for everyone to come out and make this the best parade ever,” said Purcell. “It’s a beautiful setting.”
Awards will be given to the best floats in commercial and noncommercial divisions. They will be presented at a dinner on Tuesday.
The North Augusta Lions Club has organized the parade since the mid-1970s when the North Augusta Jaycees, the previous parade sponsor, folded. At one time, the North Augusta and Augusta Jaycees held a joint parade which crossed into Georgia from South Carolina via the 13th Street bridge.
While the Lions Clubs’ mission focuses on vision and vision related causes, the club also promotes community service.
“Our motto is ‘we serve,’” said Purcell. “We are doing this to serve the community.”