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4 Upcoming Parades in Georgia’s Rome You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted September 23, 2019 by Kristi Kent in Downtown, Events, Family, Holiday, Life in Rome, Uncategorized

Everyone loves a parade! Here are four upcoming parades in Georgia’s Rome that will be fun for the whole family!

Schnauzerfest Parade – September 28
Schnauzerfest Rome Parade

Schnauzerfest Rome Parade

If you love dogs, especially the silver ones with bearded snouts, then you’ll want to watch this parade! Over 600 schnauzers will parade from Bridgepoint Plaza to 4th Avenue in Downtown Rome. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and kicks-off a full day of fun for Schnauzer lovers. For more tail waggin’ fun, parade goers will proceed to the dog park at Ridge Ferry Dog Park immediately following the parade. Learn more about Schnauzerfest Rome. 

Pirates on Parade – October 3
Pirates on Parade - Going Caching 2019

Pirates on Parade – Going Caching 2019

Over 500 geocachers from around the world, dressed like pirates will parade up Broad Street from the Town Green, to City Hall in front of the Capitoline Wolf. Special guest Bryan Roth, Co-Founder and President of in Seattle will serve as Grand Marshall. Watch the parade and grab some of the cool mardi gras beads being handed out by the pirates! The parade starts at 7 p.m. The DeSoto Theatre will open their concession stand for food and drink refreshments; stick around after the parade and enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant. Learn more about geocaching and this free, family-friendly, five day event in Rome.

40th John Wisdom Wagon Train & Billy Puryear Ride – Parade on Broad Street – October 19
John Wisdom

40th John Wisdom Wagon Train and Billy Puryear Ride – Final Ride

Saddle up for the final ride! This is the 40th John Wisdom Wagon Train and Billy Puryear Ride to celebrate John Wisdom, “Georgia’s Paul Revere”, who warned Rome of impending attack by Union forces in May of 1863.  The ride will parade down Broad Street at 3 p.m. and will be led by Wagon Train Master, Billy Puryear. Cheer on Billy and all the participants in their horse drawn wagons as we celebrate the nostalgia and close of this annual tradition. If you’d like to be in the parade; purchase your Wagon Train button at the Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center on Jackson Hill. Everyone is invited after the parade to the Wagon Train Dance featuring music by Scott Thompson & Friends ($5/person admission). Get event details.

Rome Christmas Parade – December 3
Christmas Parade

Rome Christmas Parade

The Rome Christmas parade has been launching the official start of the holiday season in Georgia’s Rome since 1949. As Georgia’s oldest Christmas Parade, the event attracts people from all around the region. The parade route follows Broad Street starting at 1st Avenue and ends at 6th Avenue in front of City Hall where Santa lights the city tree. Enjoy the sights and sounds of local marching bands and performers as we celebrate the joy of the season! The parade will also be live streamed on the Georgia’s Rome Facebook page!

For more events and reasons to visit Georgia’s Rome, check out the events calendar. 

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Our Georgia's Rome tourism team works hard to curate content to help you discover and explore our beautiful town! We want to ensure our content is up-to-date and accurate; so please let us know if we ever overlook an important detail! This post was originally written by Kristi Kent and is updated by staff.

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