July 24, 2021

America Comes to Ephesus in Annual Parade

(Ephesus, Georgia) – On a chilly Saturday morning, spectators lined the sides of highway 100 to watch floats representing states from across America take to the road as friends and family of the community of Ephesus celebrated their annual Christmas parade.

Ephesus Elementary entered floats from each grade level participating from Pre-K through 5th as the entourage made the march from Hoyt Rogers Ball Field to the local fire station.

The parade was led by the award-winning Heard County Braves Marching Band as the drumline set the tempo beat for beat and step for step while they belted out “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” “The Cadence,” and the “Handley Beat.”

The band sported a festive look as each member wore a Santa Claus hat. Susan Dupuy served as the Grand Marshall for the festivities riding in an off-road vehicle following the marching band.

The parade also included the retired Heard County School superintendent, Mr. Hyatt driving his John Deere tractor followed by As American as Apple Pie float ( Kindergarten), Mittens in Michigan float(2nd grade), a Sunshine State float (1st grade), and a New York City the Big Apple float (5th grade).

A UGA float by Pre-K wishing everyone “Have a DAWG-gone good Christmas”, Christmas Across America float (3rd grade), a cowboy float representing Texas (4th grade), and of course Santa Claus sponsored by the Cowboy Shop rounded out the floats.

The quality of each float reflected the dedication and hard work put in by teachers and students as they have poured many hours into creating these floating masterpieces.
After the parade, spectators were invited to visit a bazaar to do some shopping.

The Heard County Marching Band also performed in the Franklin and Centralhatchee Christmas parades as they have been preparing to wrap up their season of performances.

This was the final tune-up for the band before they head to Atlanta to perform in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade on December 31st.

They will also be performing as part of the halftime show of the bowl game along with other marching bands.

The faculty and staff of Ephesus Elementary would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday.

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