Group gears up to revive Christmas Parade

Published 9:08 am Friday, June 24, 2011

FRANKLIN—A group of city officials, residents and civic organizations is teaming up to bring back the Franklin Christmas Parade.

The theme of this year’s parade is “All That Glitters is Gold … Celebrating Franklin’s 50 Years.”

The parade will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Line-up will begin at 5:30. During a Tuesday meeting of the parade committee, City Manager June Fleming was named grand marshal for the parade, said organizer Scott Seddon.

“We had a great mix of community organizations from all walks of life,” Seddon said of committee participation.

The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club hosted the parade from 2001 to 2007 before the city took it over in 2008. The event was rained out and not rescheduled in 2009. No group stepped up to organize the parade last year.

Fleming and her staff made a New Year’s resolution to have a parade this year, and the new committee will help make that happen, Seddon said.

Committee members include Erin Turner, executive assistant to Fleming; Frank Davis, director of Franklin Parks & Recreation; Dan Howe, manager of Downtown Franklin Association; Seddon, president of the Franklin Shrine Club; and Trish Edwards with the GFWC Franklin Junior Woman’s Club.

The event will coincide with the DFA’s annual Elf Parade and a visit from Santa.

Anyone interested in helping can call Seddon at 348-1341.