Memorial Day in Senoia is huge success

Thu, 05/31/2007 - 2:51pm
By: John Thompson

Festivities draw thousands to Senoia

They came from surrounding communities and the heart of Senoia to celebrate the memories of those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

On a gorgeous spring Monday, nearly 5,000 people packed the streets of Senoia to celebrate the city’s second Memorial Day celebration. The city’s downtown became a celebration of small-town life as churches and civic organizations sold everything from barbecue to fresh-squeezed lemonade.

“The crowds were above expectation and everything went extremely well,” said city administrator Richard Ferry.

Last year, the city had to treat a few folks who suffered from heat-related ailments. But this year, the weather was perfect and thousands streamed into town to enjoy the festivities.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was country music legend Doug Stone performing a few songs in the town’s newly-created square. Stone was raised in Coweta County and got a hometown welcome from his fans.

This year’s parade had 68 entries and is causing city officials to think about expanding the route for future events.

“We had over 40 entries for the Christmas parade and now we’re in the high 60s. We may consider also running parades down Pylant Street so the viewers can have more space to spread out,” Ferry added.

In just its second year, Senoia’s celebration has proved to be a regional draw, with many parade entries and visitors from nearby Fayette County. Ferry expects the event to keep growing since many visitors love the atmosphere of downtown Senoia.

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Submitted by SouthernBelle on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 9:58pm.

I had such a great time at the parade! I missed the beginning, but I still loved it. The Shriners are my favorite, just because my Pepaw was a shriner before he passed. He was even buried with his hat. Bless his heart. Anyways, that parade was a blast. I wonder how the lady is who was taken away in an ambulance. I saw her right after she hit the ground but I don't know why she hit the ground. Anyone know if she's okay? Anyways, it was a great parade, I loved the Army Band, they are always a joy. Something wonderful happened during the Taps performance; though most people wouldn't understand how much it means to me. My barely two years old son took my hand just after it started and just held it, all through Taps! Afterward, he clapped his still-baby clap while I had a steady stream of tears running down my face. I always cry during Taps, but this time, I cried a few tears of pride over my little monkey.

SouthernBelle, GRACE is a VIRTUE

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Submitted by DragNet on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 8:10pm.

I enjoyed the parade, the one thing that came to my attention were a whole bunch of older fellas wearing weird crimson hats, they belong to a sort of mason group with an arabic name, they were riding big old red cars that would be the envy of rappers and thugs. Half of those guys were creepy and looked older and uglier than me so I felt fine in the parade. Nice outing, beautiful girls around and the best of all, the shaved ice brought memories from Transylvania.

Making you think twice......

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