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90th Rose Festival kicks off Thursday

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - For one weekend a year the entire city of Thomasville shuts down. The Rose Show and Festival is not only well known locally, but across the country.

The 90th running of the event begins Thursday night with the Bud Parade. "All the children in town will come out for this parade. It's their very own parade. It's the most organized chaos you will ever see," said Thomasville Director Karen Smith.

City workers are working around the clock to ensure everything is set up on time. "We're on schedule right now. We'll be ready. We always are," said Public Works Foreman Mike Franklin.

Parts of downtown are already blocked off. Jefferson Street and Remington Ave are closed at their Broad Street intersections.

Karen Smith says they hope towing will not be necessary. "We begin clearing the streets tomorrow about 4:30 PM. The police will begin to ride up and down the streets, asking people to remove their cars from Broad Street."

Smith says there have not been any problems so far, but there is still much to worry about. "You always worry about making sure that you got everything done. That the roses are delivered, that the receptions are set up, that the grand stands are ready."

Smith says they will not waste any time to begin planning for next year. "We will actually start to work on this event, the 2012 event, on Monday morning."

Smith says to celebrate the 90th year of the festival, there will be many surprises throughout the weekend. She wouldn't reveal any of those surprises, but she did say to keep a close eye on the parades.

WALB will have live coverage of the Rose Parade this Friday at 7:00 PM.

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