A town in Georgia with a history stretching back to the late 1800s, Senoia prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community. The town hosts a number of community activities to help bring residents together, including an annual Memorial Day Celebration that includes a parade meant to honor all military personnel and the nation they fought for.
Despite the town's lengthy history, Senoia's Memorial Day Celebration was only in its sixth year in 2011. Still, though it is fairly new, the event has blossomed, with community involvement from many residents and local businesses. Perhaps the most well-anticipated event at the Memorial Day Celebration is the parade.
Typically taking place in the afternoon, Senoia's Memorial Day Parade includes great variety in its lineup every year. It is often honored with the presence of veterans and military personnel. The parade also includes a number of unique vehicles, vintage cars, floats and even a couple canons in 2011. Music is another big part of the parade, sometimes performed by official marching bands from the U.S. Armed Forces.
The parade typically starts 2 p.m., with participants lining up at 1 p.m. at the Seavy Street Park. There is no charge to participate or watch, and the event is sponsored by the City of Senoia Downtown Development Authority. All parade participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.
The parade is only one part of Senoia's Memorial Day Celebration. Other events run from late morning and continue throughout the evening. Craft vendors, festival foods and concerts are all part of the event. Residents are asked to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m., which was followed in 2010 with a 21-gun salute meant to further honor American soldiers. The annual event also features a patriotic fireworks display at dusk.
- Official Website of Senoia, Georgia
- The Times-Herald: Senoia plans big Memorial Day; Sarah Fay Campbell; 22 May 2008
- Michael Clifton: Photographer: Senoia, Georgia Memorial Day Parade; 30 May 2011
- The Times-Herald: Senoia Holding Parade, Fireworks for Memorial Day; Sarah Fay Campbell; 30 May 2010
- Official Website of Senoia, Georgia: Memorial Day Parade 2011 Entry Form
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