An unexpected flurry of snowflakes Friday night at Douglasville's annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting provided the magical dusting that made the "Miracle on Main Street" event even brighter as the city officially opened the holiday season.
Contrary to the lyrics of "Let it Snow," "The weather outside is frightful ...," it was a instead a delightful early December night to be outside enjoying the holiday festivities.
Strains of "Joy to the World" and many other traditional Christmas favorite songs filled the night air, from Douglas County's marching bands renditions to a quartet of carolers from Opera South, who serenaded the crowd following the lighting of the Christmas tree.
At the end of the colorful parade, the children were not disappointed to see Santa Claus nodding and waving to the crowd in an old red fire engine.
Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson officiated at the lighting of the towering Christmas tree planted in front of the Douglasville Conference Center following the parade.
Main Street Douglasville Manager April McKown said she was pleased with the turnout of over 2,000 people of all ages lining Church Street this year.
"We are looking forward to building the event each year and adding different activities for residents and visitors to enjoy," she said.
McKown said the lighted parade had over 51 entries, which included four Douglas County high school bands, many civic groups, community organizations, churches and local businesses.
The recently renovated O'Neal Plaza saw its inaugural Christmas event experience, which along with the Douglasville Conference Center, played host to snow, free photos with Santa, live reindeer from Pettit Creek Farm in Cartersville and an assortment of vendors for a holiday marketplace.
Live entertainment on the plaza brought together the talents of Dance Academy West, Alesia Brown and the Douglas County Jazz combo.
Hosted by Main Street Douglasville, McKown said the event "further supports our mission of promoting downtown Douglasville, while creating memories for the citizens and visitors of Douglasville."