Celebrating Christmas with community and creativity

Published 6:27 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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The 2022 Franklin Christmas Parade was an outstanding success that drew strong praise from community leaders for both the quality of its floats and the record size of the crowd that it drew to the city’s downtown area.

Taking place Friday evening, Dec. 2, the parade traveled along 4th Avenue and Main Street, and people lined the streets to see the procession that included representatives from local government, civic and community groups, churches, schools, businesses and more.

“I believe the Christmas parade was one of the best we’ve had,” Franklin Mayor Frank M. Rabil said. “The quality of the floats, the number of participants and the great bands were exceptional. We had a tremendous, well-behaved crowd and a beautiful night for the parade. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the organizers and to all that participated in this community event.”

Franklin City Manager Amanda C. Jarratt described the parade as one of the best in recent history.

“We had record attendance and tremendous creativity on the floats,” she said. “The city extends a tremendous ‘thank you’ to the Parks and Recreation Department and the entire parade committee for their months of work to make the night so special. We also appreciate the support of the volunteers and business owners that contributed. It was a great way to kick-start the holiday season in the city.”