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Porterdale cancels parade due to weather, has alternate plan to capture holiday spirit
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PORTERDALE, Ga. - It is with regret, the City of Porterdale announces the cancellation of the 2018 Christmas Parade and screening of "Elf." There is, however, an alternate plan for Christmas in the Village 2018. 

The date for the Christmas Tree and Porterdale Tree Lighting has been moved up to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. in downtown Porterdale. The evening will be hosted by the mayor and city council. Santa will be there to lead the countdown for the lighting and be available for visits with those with Christmas wish lists. Everyone is invited to come and be a star in what will become Porterdale's video Christmas Card.

For the first time in 10 years, Porterdale Tuba Christmas will be moving inside.  Since 2009 the Tuba Christmas group have contended with a range of weather from warm and sunny to cold and damp.  They have braved wind, frigid temperatures, even snow, but sustained rain is too much.  Thanks to the gracious generosity of the congregation of Julia Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale Tuba Christmas will be held at the 2018 Porterdale Tuba Christmas concert will be held in the church sanctuary next door to the historic gym.  

Registration and rehearsal will be at City Hall as in years past.  But when concert time comes, the group will cross the street to the church rather than the gym.  

The “Green Room” in the back corner of the gym will be open a 1 p.m. so that families and friends of participants can gather in a dry spot.  The Julia Porter sanctuary will open at 2 p.m. to provide additional dry space for the crowd to gather while tuba players rehearse at City Hall.  Then, at 3 p.m. the tubas will come over, joining Dan Ragsdale spirit of the season by playing and singing together.  

Don’t let the weather discourage you.  Come out, join the fun, and help continue the tradition of Christmas in the Village.