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Founders Day Parade features reliable favorites

November 02, 2015

Founders Day ParadeThe Johns Creek Founders Day Parade on Dec. 5 will feature some regular favorites with the return of the flamboyant Feed and Seed Marching Abominables and the Shriners.

The deadline for entering your organization in the parade is Nov. 12. The theme this year is “We are Johns Creek.”

The Marching Abominables are known for their quirky, free-spirited and individual outfits as well as their musical skills while the Shriners always go all out for the Founders Day Parade with as many as 50 free-wheeling vehicles and motorcycles.

The Founders Day Parade caps a week of festivities that celebrates the City's incorporation in 2006. The 1.4-mile-long parade has grown in popularity with an estimated 10,000 people lining the mile-long route on State Bridge Road.

The 2014 parade was rained out, but the parade historically features marching bands, entertaining walkers, horse riders, plus floats built by civic groups, scouts, businesses, and homeowners associations.

Competition is spirited as groups and organizations vie for Best Subdivision, Best Business/Civic Group, and Best School/Scout float.

Past parades have included the World Financial Group's NASCAR racecar, the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Wells Fargo stagecoach, Medieval Times, and the Patriot Brass Band.

When you do your planning, remember that there's only one Santa, and he rides in a fire truck at the end.

And if you can’t make it to the parade, don’t worry. You can watch it live via Twitter’s Periscope app for Apple and Android. Just follow the City on Twitter to the follow the parade and get the latest news from the City.

Questions? Call Grant Hickey at 678-512-3351. To secure a place in the parade, please fill out an application and email it, fax it to 678-512-3244, or drop it off at City Hall at 12000 Findley Rd.