New Additions Come to 53rd Warner Robins Christmas Parade

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For the past 53 years, hundreds of people have lined Watson Boulevard to watch the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

This Saturday at 10:00 a.m., the community can expect the traditions with a few new additions.

Wilson's Bakery began mixing sweets and treats 21 years ago.

Third generation baker Wendy Wilson has always served cookies and coffee on the morning of the march down Watson Boulevard, that goes past her bakery.

She said, "That's like the the kick-off party, tailgate before the parade."

This year, Wilson and her staff want to be part of it. Wilson said, "We always just get to hear the parade from the building and see all the stuff going on and see people coming in. For the first time, I want to be out there in it."

They won't be only new sight to see.

Jodi Daley helped to put up a giant Christmas tree on Commercial Circle. It's 16 feet tall and weighs 1,300 pounds.

Daley said, "My idea was just to get people down here, meet new friends have a good time and celebrate."

She says there will be at least 20 arts and crafts vendors Saturday morning, live music, and food.

People can also buy ornaments for the big tree, in honor of military service members. All of the money raised will go to the Airmen's Ministry Center at Robins Air Force Base.

The tree trimming party goes along with the parade's theme, "An Armed Forces Christmas", said Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce President Ed Rodriguez. He said, "It's one time of year where everybody comes together and just has a blast."

He says the crowd shops and eats at local spots, like Meldino's Pizza on Commercial Circle. The restaurant will open for lunch Saturday, especially to catch the lunch crowd.

Meldino's hostess Megan Peacock said, "During the parade, we'll be handing out coupons. We hope to get a lot of people coming in."

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Watson Boulevard and Houston Road. April Mouton at the Chamber of Commerce said, police will start to close the area to traffic around 9:15 a.m.

Saturday December 4th starting at 10 a.m., 13WMAZ will live stream the parade on 13WMAZ.com.

13WMAZ will air a taped broadcast of the parade Saturday December 11th at 7:00 p.m.

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