Downtown Monroe's 60th Annual Christmas Parade was an amazing evening!
You can purchase your commemorative DVD of the event here:
The DVDs are available for pick-up at City Hall (215 N. Broad St., upstairs), or we can ship them to you for an additional charge.
This year's Christmas Parade is extra special as we honor the famous Monroe Girls Drum & Bugle Corps, the goodwill ambassadors of Georgia (read more about the history of the parade and the Girls Corps below). The Girls Corps started in 1949 and performed around the country until 1983. We have a proud heritage to honor in their performances throughout the years.
Article from the Walton Tribune about the first Monroe Christmas Parade in 1953:
(click for larger image of article)
Just like in the first year of the parade, our 2013 Monroe Christmas Parade will feature the Monroe Drum & Bugle Corps, and the grand marshall of the parade will be Myrtle Shields, wife of the late Wayne Shields who directed the Girls Corps and started the Christmas parade back in 1953. Learn more about the Girls Corps below...
Click here to read an article from Georgia Connector Magazine about the Girls Corp.
Macy's CEO Ron Klein commissioned internationally renowned artist and Georgia native Steve Penley to paint a rendering of the company's Thanksgiving Day Parade for their New York offices. Prominently placed in the forefront of this beautiful painting is the Monroe Girls Drum and Bugle Corps. The uniforms are painted red and white rather than purple and white, but clearly it is the Girls Corps featured in the forefront of the painting. The drum major is Tuter Pollock. This painting is in the Macy's New York offices somewhere attesting to the impact of the Monroe Girls Corps Performances year after year in the Macy's Day Parade. Wouldn’t we all like to see the original!!
Here is the photo the above painting was based on: