THOMASVILLE -- A record number of entrants have signed up to participate in the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Thomasville Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Cindy Quigg, parade coordinator, said 82 entries will be featured.

"Last year we had 68, so this year it's the biggest one ever," she said. "I think it's really going to be enjoyable."

The parade will begin at the intersection of Broad and Clay streets, run through historic downtown and end at the Thomas County Health Department on Smith Avenue.

Elected representatives from Thomasville, Thomas County and other surrounding municipalities will participate in the parade, as will local businesses and organizations. Marching bands from Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville High School, Thomas County Middle School and MacIntyre Park Middle School will keep the beat along the parade formation.

"And, of course, Santa Claus has always been there," Quigg said.

Camille Payne, along with other members of the Thomasville City Council, said she's looking forward to participating in the annual holiday event.

"Every year, the parade starts the Christmas season. It's been a tradition over the years, and I think everyone looks forward to it," Payne said.

"We usually have a real good crowd, particularly if the weather's a little bit nippy. It's just a great start for the holiday season."

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