92nd Annual Rose Show & Festival [SLIDE SHOW]

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By: Gina Pitisci

The 92nd Annual Rose Show and Festival is officially underway, and tonight, people of all ages lined the streets to watch the big parade.

"It's the Rose Show and that is important every year," Sarah Annie Floyd, 65th Year Attending Rose Parade, said.

95 year old, Sarah Annie Floyd was seated front and center for the 65th annual rose parade. She says that she's never missed a single one since they began.

"Everybody when you mention Thomasville, everybody knows, it's the Rose Show, it's the Rose Show," Floyd said. "Yes siree, and this parade is out of sight."

Kids anxiously awaited for the parade to begin and talked about what they like most about the event.

"I'm excited to be here because it's fun," said one child attending the parade.

"Meeting all the different people and seeing the dancers. They're really good," said another child attending the parade when asked what their favorite part was.

This is the first time Thomasville resident, Dee Dee Beckham has brought her 2 year old granddaughter, Chloe, to the Rose Parade and says it's a special event for her family.

"I've been in thomasville now for about 12 to 13 years, but this was an event that my parents also came to years ago so, it kind of has sentimental meaning to me for that," Dee Dee Beckham, Rose Parade Attendee, said.

By: Gina Pitisci

Roses, roses and more roses! Get ready, because the Annual Rose Festival starts tonight in Thomasville.

This evening, there's a special parade taking place to kick off the festivities.

The Rose Festival has been a Southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920's.

Tonight's parade will feature hundreds of area children and starts at Broad & Jefferson St. at the Courthouse.

This weekend there will be live music and street dance, arts & crafts, fantastic food and more.

The 92nd Annual Rose Show is tomorrow during the day, followed by the 65th Annual Rose Show Parade at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.

On Saturday there's lots going on including a 10K run, and there is even a bark in the park event for all the dog lovers.

Click HERE for more information and a schedule of events.

By: Kara Duffy
April 24, 2013

Thomasville, GA- For 92 years, Thomasville has welcomed thousands of visitors, from near and far, to the Rose City Show and Festival; and this year will be no exception.

"We estimate we will have around 30,000 people that will come to the festival over the three days of the event," said Sherri Nix, Thomasville's Tourism Coordinator.

Crews have spent most of the week setting up for the beloved celebration and organizers say, there is sure to be something there for everyone to enjoy!

"There's just every kind of wonderful food you can imagine," said Nix. "There's funnel cakes, hamburgers and just anything you can think of, along with some fine art exhibits and craft vendors; lots of activities for the children."

With large crowds expected and the Boston tragedy still fresh in people's minds, law enforcement officials say their main priority is making their presence known.

"We want to make sure we are seen by the citizens that are attending the event, as well as people who think they may want to cause problems," said Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department.

Officers say they'll also be depending on folks in the crowd to help make sure a safe time is had by all. They're encouraging anyone who hears or sees anything suspicious to contact them immediately.

"No tip is too small," Lt. Hampton said. "Anything that is reported to us, we will investigate and check it out to see if it's legit or illegit."

Police say if you do see something suspicious, you can call 911 or use their new *TEXT A TIP* program to anonymously report something. To *TEXT A TIP* text THPD, followed by the message, to 274637.

For a full schedule of events for the festival go to: http://www.thomasvillega.com/Content/Default/8/321/320/15/thomasville-visitor%27s-center/festivals/thomasville-rose-show-and-festival.html

A.J. & Art Walking in the Parade
Andy Walking in the Parade
Mike Walking in the Parade

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