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Although there is no Christmas Parade this year in Cairo, there are still activities on the schedule for Thursday evening, the time when the parade was originally expected to take place prior to the pandemic.
The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with United National Bank to offer two drive-by experiences between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the Zebulon movie theater is showing “The Grinch” at 6 p.m. with limited seating. The Grinch himself will be on hand for pictures with kids.
United National Bank is holding a live nativity on the lawn outside its office for motorists to enjoy as they drive through the bank parking lot.
The chamber is bringing Santa to town for children to see from their vehicles. The jolly old elf will be stationed a safe distance from the live nativity.
The “progressive Christmas experience” that is taking the place of the parade will continue at local homes, schools, businesses and churches for motorists to drive by and enjoy the decorations using the theme “A Brighter Tomorrow.”
Koyo Bearings is creating a decorative drive-thru experience that will be open to the public, Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-23, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. People may drive through the front gate and exit through the back.
Other businesses in Cairo decorating include, Cairo Auto Supply, 301 First Ave. NE; Cairo Coffee Company, 152 S. Broad St.; Grady Finance Company, 166 S. Broad St.; Grady County Republican headquarters, 115 S. Broad St.; J&J Carpets, 110 N. Broad St.; Zebulon Theatre, 207 N. Broad St.; U.N.B., 722 N. Broad St.; The Law Office of Charlie Ferenchick, 746 N. Broad St.; 3 Little Birds Salon, 415 N. Broad St.; Dr. Gary Elmore, 1490 N. Broad St.; Grady EMC, 1499 U.S. 84; Cairo First United Methodist Church, 318 S. Broad St.; and Southside Elementary School, 322 Fourth Ave. SE.
There are three participants in Calvary: Calvary Lions Club, 156 McCraville Rd.; Fresh Start Global Outreach Ministries, 7324 GA Hwy. 111 S.; and Calvary Baptist Church, 4556 GA Hwy. 179 S.
There is one Ochlocknee participant, Popes Museum, 192 Popes Store Rd.
There are eight residences in Cairo signed up to participate. They are: 1888 GA Hwy 112 N; 1500 15th Ave NW; 1491 Fourth St NW; 1345 U.S. 84 W; 230 12th St NW; 124 Third Ave NW; 1214 Fifth St SE; and 309 Horseshoe Bend SE.
Courtney King, interim executive director of the chamber, says she will accept addresses for judging through next week. Winners will be announced at the end of the month. For more information, call the chamber at (229) 377-3663.
King says she hopes to have a driving map of the decorated addresses available to distribute Thursday evening. Those who would like to add their address for viewing, but not judging, may submit their addresses to King throughout the month by emailing King at email@example.com or calling the chamber.
Tickets for the Zebulon’s “The Grinch” go on sale at the theater’s box office Thursday at 5:30 p.m., $3 for adults, free for children.