Thomasville Celebrates Rose Festival With 66th Annual Parade

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By: Joe Hellriegel

The streets of Thomasville are lined with people, waving, cheering, and clapping for the 66th annual Rose Parade.

"It's a wonderful Thomasville tradition, I've enjoyed it ever since I came here in 1984," said Linda Chambers.

Chambers says someone from her family has participated in the parade almost every year, from her children, to her grandchildren.

"Its wonderful, it brings back so many memories of remembering when my kids were little and they were in it, and now the grandchildren are in it, it's wonderful," said Chambers.

For others, it's been a while since they have enjoyed watching the floats in downtown Thomasville. Deshena Graham's father is walking in this year's parade.

"Actually I'm excited because I haven't attended one since I was in high school, so I'm pretty excited," said Graham.

The parade featured a number of floats including local businesses, the reigning Miss Georgia and local schools. First timers to the parade say it's great to see so many people supporting the city.

"It's my first time, just to see the parade and hang with my friends," said Darrion Christopher.

"It's my first time watching it, it's cool," said Leah Brady.

Here is a list of events for the weekend.

Saturday, April 26
37th annual Rose City 10K Run

8 am, in front of the Post Office on Broad Street. Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

8th annual Orchids on Parade
9 am – 4 pm, Continues inside the Genealogical Library at 135 North Broad Street, showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society in a natural habitat (members will be on hand to answer questions), free admission.

12th annual City of Roses Car & Truck Show
Registration at 9 am, Show 10 a.m. until 3 pm around the Courthouse on North Broad Street, view unique and award winning motorcycles, cars and trucks.

35th annual 1 Mile Run (ages 12 & under)
9:30 am, in front of the Post Office on Broad Street. Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

73rd annual Civic Garden Club Flower Show
10 am – 4 pm, Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m. under the big top in Paradise Park. Enjoy beautiful roses, wild flowers, horticulture settings, potted plants, hanging baskets, table settings and more!

93rd annual Rose Show
9 am - 4pm, Continues under the big top on Broad Street at Remington Avenue, hundreds of hybrid rose varieties and breathtaking specimens will be on exhibit from growers throughout the southeast.

Art in the Park
10 am - 4 p.m., Paradise Park, featuring fine arts, crafts, great food and children’s activities throughout the day. Free admission.

Bark in the Park
10 am- 2:30 pm, Paradise Park, Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society and Miss Kitty’s Feline Sanctuary have joined forces this year, bring your “fur baby” and join in the fun! For more information call (229) 228-0613.

Standard Flower Show – Centennial Celebrations
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thomasville Garden Center, 1102 Old Monticello Road, admission free, $3 donation suggested.

Piney Woods Plein Air Paint Out!
Various times, various locations, hosted by The Wiregrass Gallery and the Accidental Gallery of Boston, GA, local artists demonstrating their art in the “plein air” (in the open air), for information call (229) 319-9398 or email Click here for artist application.

* 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Plein Air Painters will be painting in Paradise Park during "Art in the Park."

* 7:00 p.m. - Make plans to visit The Wiregrass Gallery for the Exhibit & Sale of Plein Air Paintings of local scenes completed during the weekend's festivities! Tickets are $15, and includes a "taste of Thomasville" of food and beverages. Purchase tickets at the Wiregrass Gallery or in the Visitors Center.

Rose City Golf Classic
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, April 26 and April 27, at Country Oaks Municipal Golf Course, 36-hole, two-person, best ball tournament. For more information visit online at and register early by calling (229) 225-4333.

Power of the Past Museum
9 am – 6 pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville. For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit

Step into the Past
Tours available Thursday April 24, Friday April 25, & Saturday April 26 at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm, Thomas County Museum of History, learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions and tour six historic buildings. For information visit or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits. Group rates available.

Lapham-Patterson House
Tours available Friday, April 25, 1-5 pm; Saturday, April 26, 10 am – 5 pm; tours begin on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm, last tour begins at 4 pm, Lapham-Patterson House, for more information visit or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule a group visit. Group rates available.

3rd annual Due South
12 Noon until 11 pm, Building 209, Remington Avenue, a celebration of the authentic southern connection between land, family, and tradition. Due South pairs bountiful local foods, chefs, makers and music for a lively event in Downtown Thomasville. Music line-up features Rosie Ledete and the Zydeco Play Boys, General admission and VIP tickets available. For more information call (229) 228-0588,

The Jungle Book at Thomasville On Stage & Company Theater
April 26, 27. 117 South Broad Street, For information on tickets and performance times, call (229) 226-0863 or visit

By: Eyewitness News
April 25, 2014

Thomasville, GA - The City of Thomasville is gearing up for the 93rd Annual Rose Show & Festival.

The highlight of the event is the annual Rose Parade, now in its 66th year.

The parade begins Friday night at 7pm along Broad Street in Thomasville.

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