One of the area’s biggest and most popular charitable events returns next month in Ball Ground with Santa and an army of super heroes.

The 7th Annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Ball Ground.

Attendees to the parade are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Collection boxes for the toys will be available at City Park and along the parade route on Main Street.

Grand Marshals for the parade will be actress Toni Hudson and her dog, Charlie. Toni has appeared in various films and television. Some of her roles include: the daytime soap opera “Capitol”, “Just One of the Guys”, “The Greatest American Hero”, “T.J. Hooker”, “Knight Rider,” “The A-Team” and “The Love Boat.” She produced and starred in a feature film with her dog Charlie that was filmed in Cherokee County titled “Charlie’s Christmas Wish”.

The parade will also feature The Georgia 501st Legion (Star Wars characters), the Creekview High School Marching Band, the North Metro Marching Eagles Band, the Peachtree Clown Alley, princesses, superheroes, Mickey Mouse, dancers, floats, tractors, antique cars and much more.

“We have had an unbelievable response from Cosplayers from as far away as Knoxville, Tennessee that will be appearing as Superheroes” Tim Cavender, parade chairman, said.

Some of the entries include Batman, The Wasp, Men in Black, Green Arrow, Catwoman and more.

After the parade, the cosplayers will gather at City Park so children can have their photos taken with their favorite fictional character. This is also the time when Santa makes his official arrival to the town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located on the stage at City Park for free photos.

There will also be a vendor area for Christmas shopping. Some of the items that will be for sale include Christmas ornaments, Christmas candy, jewelry, wreaths, soaps, wood signs, leather goods, home décor and much more!

Many of the restaurants and businesses will be open for extended hours to serve the attendees.

To learn more about the event and areas to park, go to their webpage at www.marchofthetoysparade.com or go to their Facebook page at March of the Toys Parade.

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