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Georgia Army National Guard Band To Lead Cumming Christmas Parade on Pearl Harbor Day

The Jingle Jog and eighth-annual parade are set for Saturday, Dec. 7, on Market Place Boulevard.

The Christmas season begins in Cumming this weekend.

In addition to Friday's Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and Forsyth County Community Connection have partnered this year to offer the community a morning of holiday fun, presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth.

The fourth-annual Jingle Jog 5K is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. race, according to marketplacechristmas.com. It starts at 2085 Market Place Boulevard in
Cumming.

The eighth-annual Cumming Christmas Parade, also set for Saturday, Dec. 7, kicks off on Marketplace Boulevard at 10:30 a.m.

The 116th Georgia Army National Guard band will lead this year's parade, which will take place on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed each year on Dec. 7 to honor and remember those who died when the Japanese attacked the American naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, according to Chamber Director of Tourism Anna Taylor Barlow.    

An total of an estimated 64 floats, vehicles, groups and bands will form this year's procession, which is expected to end by 11:30 a.m., Barlow said.

The parade route is on Market Place Boulevard between Buford Dam Road and Highway 20.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 spectators turned out for last year's parade and organizers expect as many or more for the 2013 celebration.

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