Christmas parade

Better Hometown will host three Movie in the Park events

Blackshear’s Christmas parade featuring a holiday movie theme is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

This year’s parade will honor 2020’s hometown heroes – doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic – as grand marshals.

“(They’ve) given so much and worked so hard,” said Better Hometown Manager Bethany Strickland. “Let’s honor the dedication, sacrifice and courage of our front line workers by allowing these brave men and women the distinction of leading off the 2020 Christmas Parade.”

Front line workers including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, EMTs, nursing home and home healthcare workers will serve as the grand marshals for Blackshear’s parade.

The group of parade marshals will lead the parade through town in a caravan of golf carts.

The theme for floats and parade entries is “Grinches to Griswolds,” and is centered around Christmas cinema.

The parade will travel through downtown, leaving Emmanuel Baptist Church at the corner of Carter Avenue and Gordon Street and proceed south on Main Street to its end at the Board of Education office.

Paraders will be allowed to throw candy to the crowd along the parade route. Organizers held off on ruling on the issue until closer to the event due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Entry for the parade is $10 (no fee for grand marshals) and float winners could win as much as $250 if they take home first place prize. The second and third place winners will receive $150 and $100 cash prizes respectively.

The deadline for parade entries is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Late entries will be charged a $25 entry fee, but may be accepted through noon Friday, Dec. 4. A mandatory pre-parade meeting for participants will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

To reserve a parade spot or for more information, call BHT Manager Bethany Strickland at 912-590-2200 or email


Bring your picnic dinner, a blanket or pop up chair for a Christmas movie marathon in the park Friday, December 11, and Friday, December 18.

Better Hometown Program’s Christmas Movies in the Park will begin at 6 p.m. each night. The events will serve as this year’s Christmas in the Park observance due to ongoing crowd restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Grinch and Polar Express are the slated feature films for December 11. Elf will be shown the following Friday night and is co-sponsored by Compass360 Realty.

BHT Manager Bethany Strickland says kettle corn and funnel cake vendors may be permitted to attend the event, but no other food will be offered to maintain social distancing among attendees.