It will begin at 11 a.m., but College Park Recreational Administrative Assistant Kay Marlowe said spectators usually begin lining the streets early to reserve a good viewing spot.
“People start to show up around 10 a.m.,” she said.
The parade will feature dance teams, collectible and antique cars, local clubs and College Park Charter School’s marching band and chorus.
About 40 different groups will ride in the parade in vehicles or on floats.
Children can also expect to see Santa Claus riding on a fire truck during the event.
This year’s parade grand marshal will be Stan Jones, the College Park Youth Baseball Association president, who has been involved with the association for about 30 years. New to the festivities this year is the extension of the parade down Main Street in College Park and a decorating competition amongst local businesses in the area.
“We have new, white lights up and down Main Street and the best-decorated store will receive a $50 credit for their utilities and a $50 gift card from city hall,” Marlowe said.
Stores along the Main Street area will be open for business during and after the parade. Although the weather affected attendance in the past, about 200 people are expected to be there this year.
“Last year the weather was warm for December and we had over 200 attendees,” said Recreation Leader Bryant Anderson.
He said he hopes to see families not only from College Park and East Point, but from all around the south Fulton area. “We want to extend the invitation to everyone and continue to grow this parade each year so it can keep going and still be a fun, holiday tradition,” Anderson said.
If you go:
What: College Park’s 38th annual Christmas Parade
Where: Starting at Tri-cities Plaza in East Point and ending on Yale Avenue in College Park
When: 11 a.m. to noon