The Sixth Annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Ball Ground, with a distinctly Hee Haw flavor this year.
Grand marshals for this year’s parade are two members of the cast of the long-running hit variety show Hee Haw, Diana Goodman and Victoria Hallman. Emory Samples, son of cast member, the late Junior Samples, will also participate.
As always, visitors to the parade are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Collection boxes for the toys will be placed at City Park and along the parade route on Main Street.
Goodman and Hallman co-wrote a book entitled “Hollywood Lights, Nashville Nights: Two Hee Haw Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck, and Good Times in the Kornfield.” Prior to the parade, beginning at 4 p.m., Goodman and Hallman will be selling and signing copies of their book in the Parlour and Main Salon in downtown Ball Ground.
Also appearing in the parade are: The Georgia 501st Legion (Star Wars characters); the Atlanta Ghost Busters; the Creekview High School Marching Band; the Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth Marching Band; the Peachtree Clown Alley; a replica of the 1964 Batmobile; the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile; princesses; superheroes; Mickey Mouse; dancers; floats; tractors; antique cars and more.
“We have had an unbelievable response from Cosplayers from as far away as Knoxville, Tennessee that will be appearing as Superheroes and Princesses” said Tim Cavender who is the parade chairman. Visitors to the parade will see a mixture of characters from the Marvel and D.C. Comics worlds. This year’s parade will feature the first appearance of Big Bird and even The Grinch will join the festivities, Cavender said.
And, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving, too. “This parade is the only one where Santa brings snow with him when he travels down Main Street,” Cavender said.
After the parade, the Cosplayers will gather at City Park so children can have their photos taken with their favorite fictional character, Cavender said. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located on the stage at City Park for photos. “Photos are absolutely free, so don’t forget to bring your camera,” Cavender said.
Many of the restaurants and businesses will be open for extended hours to serve the attendees, plus, there will be food vendors on Old Dawsonville Road, next to City Park.
The parade is one of the largest Christmas parades in North Georgia.
“I do encourage attendees to get to the event a little early,” Cavender said. “This is an awesome event that the whole family can enjoy.”
To learn more about the event and areas to park at the parade website www.marchofthetoysparade.com.