ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out downtown for the annual Christmas parade.
Festivities kicked off at 5 p.m. with music from five different bands.
Its one of the biggest events downtown each year. The family of Alice Coachman lit the tree this year.
The tree was named her honor. Coachman, an Albany native, became the first black woman to win an olympic gold metal, and recently passed away.
We spoke with one family who says their kids always enjoy the event.
"To me Christmas means, mostly for the kids again. Its a time to be happy. Its a time when your mad or sad, Christmas is supposed to make you turn that all around into happy," says Albany resident Kevin Jackson.
Our own Tara Herrschaft and Chris Zelman hosted this year's parade.