THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville Rose Show and Festival is a tradition that the city has been carrying for over ninety years. This year the festival happens from Thursday, April 21, to Sunday, April 24, 2016.
"It started with the money that the garden club won from their vegetables and they thought it would be a great time to move over to flowers," Thomasville events manager Sarah Turner says.
This year the festival turns 95-years-old and organizers say there is plenty to do.
"It's parades, flower shows, family activities, car shows, food, crafts, lots of things for lots of people," Turner mentions.
The festival attracts a lot of out of towners which is an economic boost for the city.
"People are spending their dollars here in Thomasville which is great for all of the local shop owners," Turner adds.
A big part of the festival is the 68th Annual Rose Parade which will be held on Friday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.
The parade will bring floats, marching bands, balloons, and some traffic concerns.
Cars cannot be parked in the "Downtown Event" area after 4:00 p.m.
Organizers say police will be closing roads for the parade around 5:00 p.m. Friday.
The parade starts at Clay and Broad St. It follows down Broad St. and ends at Smith Ave.
In addition, the roads that intersect the mentioned streets will also be affected like Monroe St., Jefferson St., and Washington St.
Also, a rose tent is centered on Remington Avenue near South Broad St.
Police will be out the whole weekend helping to direct drivers around the road closures.
Most of the events are free and everyone is invited to attend the festival.
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