The 2014 City of Cedartown Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 6 p.m. with a rain date of Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at 6 p.m. The theme for this year is “Christmas in the South.” The family of Jim Lankford will serve as parade Grand Marshals.

Even though it’s still August, City officials are encouraging everyone to think ahead and get in the Christmas spirit. The Cedartown Christmas parade is a decades-long tradition and is always well attended by local residents.

In addition to marching bands, the parade features fire engines, police cars and homemade floats, handcrafted by local church groups and civic organizations. Prize money is offered for winning floats in several divisions.

The 2014 Christmas parade will have three categories: category one, church division, with a first, second and third place; category two, open division, with a first, second and third place; and category three, most outstanding division, with only a first place award.

First place prize is $500, the second place price is $300, and the third place prize is $200 for each division.

The parade route will be from Marietta Street to the Badcock Furniture parking lot behind Wendy’s on North Main Street.

The City of Cedartown invites all residents to participate in the parade and have fun doing so, however, there are a few rules they ask participants to follow. City officials insist that participants should not feature Santa Claus on their float. The jolly fat man will make his grand appearance at the end of the parade on the Cedartown Fire Department’s fully restored 1948 American LaFrance truck. Officials also ask that participants do not throw candy from their float during the parade.

If you plan to make an entry in the parade come by Cedartown City Hall to pick up an application or go to the city website at The deadline for entries will be Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.