Redmond has been donating money to provide the firework show for a couple of years. This year’s donation, $2,500, was used to buy commercial grade lights that will be strung in downtown trees along Main Street. The lights are robust enough that they will be left in place and will be available for other parades, as well as downtown festivals and block parties.
“We’re very grateful for Redmond’s help,” said Cedartown Fire and Rescue Chief Sammy Stephens, whose staff will be assisting in erecting the lights in time for the Thursday, Dec. 1 Christmas parade. “With the Streetscape project and the new trees that have been planted … we thought the money would be better used to buy lights.”
Redmond officials wholeheartedly approved of the change.
“It’s been so cold when we had the parade, a lot of people were not waiting around to see the fireworks anyway,” noted Curtis Vincent, District 2 commander, Redmond EMS.
Marty Robinson, community resource coordinator for Redmond, said the donation for the fireworks, and now the lights, is part of Redmond’s continuing program of supporting the local communities where its ambulances operate.
Stephens said Cedartown residents will see the new lights going up soon.
Preparations were also under way this week for a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The city’s Christmas tree has been relocated to the new park area, the Downtown Cedartown Park, located across from Ideal Bakery.
Musician John Berry, who will be in town for a Christmas concert this week, is to perform at the tree lighting ceremony. Berry’s concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium.
This year’s Christmas parade will follow the usual route, from Marietta Street to the Badcock Furniture parking lot behind Wendy’s on North Main Street. This year’s theme is “Memories of Christmas Past.”
The parade will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. In case of rain on the parade day, it will be moved back to Friday, Dec. 2, also at 6 p.m.
The deadline to register entries for the parade is Nov. 28. Parade float applications may be picked up at the Cedartown City Hall main office on East Avenue, or online at the city’s website (www.cedartowngeorgia.gov).