Santa Claus is comin' to town.
More specifically, he's comin' to downtown Dalton.
The annual downtown Dalton Christmas Parade is Thursday beginning at 6 p.m., following its familiar route as it starts near First Baptist Church of Dalton, travels east on Waugh Street, then south on Hamilton Street, right on Morris Street and onto Thornton Avenue.
The parade's theme is "The Spirit of Christmas."
The Dalton Noon Lions Club named Dalton resident Jane Harrell the parade's grand marshal. She moved to Dalton in 1971 and has been involved with many civic organizations. She's been a part of local radio and television and has been published in Dalton Magazine.
Local businesses and other organizations will have floats, and a number of school marching bands will take part. The Dalton Noon Lions Club has been the parade sponsor since 1985. The parade is the organization's biggest fundraiser. Proceeds from entry fees are used for services to help the blind and visually impaired in this area.
The parade is not only a Dalton tradition but a tradition for many local families. Those who watched or took part in the parade decades ago as children are now parents themselves, and they'll be there this year watching with their children or watching their children as they pass by on a float or as a member of a school band.
After recent warmer weather, temperatures for the beginning of the parade are expected to be in the low 50s. Presently there is no rain in the forecast, so we're expecting a crisp and dry early December night.
We encourage everyone to attend the downtown Dalton Christmas parade. It's a low-cost, enjoyable way to spend a weekday night in downtown. The parade may even put you in the Christmas spirit.