“Let It Be Christmas – Everywhere” – that was the theme of the 2019 Rome Christmas Parade held on Tuesday night. Thousands lined Broad Street for a glimpse at colorful floats all decked out in holiday décor and marching bands that played classic Christmas tunes.
Janet Byington, parade co-chair, enthuses that everybody gets excited when
Santa Claus comes to town.
The jolly old elf was once again joined by Mrs. Claus to conclude this year’s parade.
Characters from “Frozen 2” drew the attention of Byington’s granddaughter, five-year old Natalie Johnson.
The Junior Service League of Rome showcased local human service agencies on its float. The goal, asserts member Bess Graham, was to spread Christmas cheer everywhere JSL serves.
It was definitely a chilly night for a parade. The Knights of Columbus from St. Mary’s Catholic Church didn’t seem to mind. After all, they had capes to keep them warm.
Charlie Schroder was on hand to support brother John, the Grand Marshall of the ’19 Rome Christmas Parade. The brothers founded Schroder’s New Deli on Broad Street more than 35 years ago. Charlie’s son Corey also marched in the parade with Network Day Services.
Tim Reynolds, President of Restoration Lindale, Inc., reminds everyone that there will be a parade down in Lindale on Saturday.
Spring Creek Baptist Church won top honors for Best in Parade at this year’s Rome Christmas Parade.