Updated: Movie crew to capture scenes from Rome’s Christmas parade on Nov. 30. Grand marshal is Doug Walker. Plus: Latest lineup (75 floats, six bands and …) .

Updated: Movie crew to capture scenes from Rome’s Christmas parade on Nov. 30. Grand marshal is Doug Walker. Plus: Latest lineup (75 floats, six bands and …) .

Michael Baker, city president of First National Community Bank, welcomes the group to the breakfast at Coosa Country Club. That’s Ryan Earnest, president and chief executive officer, to the left on the stage. Hometown photo.
To the left, you see the grand marshal sign proclaiming Doug Walker grand marshal prepared by First Community National Bank. From the left, Ryan Earnest (on stage), grand marshal Doug Walker and parade co-chair Jerry Rucker. Hometown photo

 

From the parade breakfast at Coosa Country Club Tuesday morning.

  • Parade Co-Chair Janet Byington reports 75 floats, six bands and “something special” from the Rome Braves are signed up so far for the parade on Nov. 30.
  • Lisa Smith of the Convention & Visitors Bureau announced a movie crew will be taping the parade, including key parts, to use as back drop for an upcoming production.
  • First National Community Bank city president Michael Baker, in greeting guests, said the bank has been sponsoring the event since 2003.
  • Full house including past grand marshals Frank Barron, Dr. Paul Ferguson and William Davies as well as Rome Police, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, ranking Rome Police officers and others.

Media release: The Christmas in Rome Committee announces the 2021 grand marshal is Doug Walker.

“Each year the committee takes nominations from the public of citizens who have gone above and beyond to give back to our community. Doug Walker is certainly one of those,”  said Parade Co-Chairman Jerry Rucker.  “Doug has been everywhere in our community for years telling the story of the people here and now it is our turn to tell his story and honor him for his service and dedication to our community.”

Walker was born in Arlington, Va. and graduated from Auburn University with a double major  in Communications and Journalism. He started his career in the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Washington and then moved to Waycross as news director for WAYX.  He came to Rome in 1984 as news director for WQTU-FM and later served as Associate Editor of the Rome News-Tribune from 2009-2021.  In 2021, he became City of Rome Public Communication Officer.

Walker has been honored by the United Press  International, Associated Press and Georgia Press Association where he was nominated three times as first place in Business Writing.

He also received the Georgia Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association Key to Outdoor Living Award and the United States Tennis Association Georgia Media Award.

Walker also serves  as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, Chieftains Museum and Heritage Riverways Foundations.

Walker is married to Gail Walker and has two stepchildren and five grandchildren and is being honored today at a breakfast at Coosa Country Club.

The Rome Christmas Parade will return to Broad Street this year on Nov. 30 with a theme of “It’s Starting to Look A Lot Like Christmas!”

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is Dec. 2.

 

 

 

 


The lineup for the parade, set for a week from today, is as follows:

American Heritage Girls Troop GA0110 (28)
Armuchee Chiefs 6 Under Baseball (33)
Armuchee High School Band (44)
Atrium Health Floyd (12)
Blooming T’s Boutique (10)
Blue Devils Junior Peewee Football Team (39A)
Commissioner Gary Black (22A)
Complete Cycle (37)
Coosa High Band (15)
Coosa Valley Credit Union (18)
CSL Plasma of Rome (46)
Cub Scout Pack 113 (51)
Dawn’s Diamond Twirlers of Rome (45)
Dragons Peewee & Junior Peewee (57)
Eagle Christian Tours (11)
Floyd Against Drugs (16)
Floyd County Animal Control/PAWS (47)
Floyd County Republican Party (49)
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (25)
Floyd Home Care (38)
Garden Lakes Jr. Peewee Football and Cheerleaders (43)
Georgia School for the Deaf (17)
Gold Wing Road Riders (19)
Grand Marshall (3)
Hardy Realty (50)
Harmony Baptist Church (36)
Hot Shots All Stars (56)
IHOP (13)
Indians Jr. Peewee Cheers (36B)
Iris Indie International (39)
Junior Miss Coosa Valley Fair (14)
Kid’s World (36A)
KLT Promotions (54)
Knights of Columbus (6)
Lewis Chemical (21A)
Little Creek Baptist Church (32)
Little Miss Coosa Valley Fair Peyton Dover and PreTeen Coosa Valley Fair Sophia Kellett (14A)
McClain Sealock Post 136 of the American Legion (29A)
Miss Model High School (24A)
Miss Rome Competition (31)
Model High Band (24)
Model Peewee Football & Cheer (53)
Oasis Pinxx (52)
Pepperell High NHS/ Miss PHS (58)
Pepperell High School Band (60)
Pepperell High School Varsity Cheerleaders (59)
Pridemore & Cox Orthodonics (29)
Pruitt Health Hospice, SNF & Home Health (20)
Reach for the Stars Day Care (22)
Redmond Regional Medical Center (30)
Regions Bank (48)
Rhino Waste & recycling (23)
Rome Braves (4)
Rome Chapter UGA Alumni (4A)
Rome City Schools College and Career Academy (40)
Rome High Air Force ROTC (1)
Rome High Band (2)
Rome Middle Cheer (35A)
Rome Middle School Band (34)
Rome Middle School ETSO (35)
SANTA
Schnauzerfest Rome and Pawsom Place Doggie Oasis (25A)
Seo’s Martial Arts (26)
St. Andrews Church The Society of Mary (5
St. Mary’s Catholic School (7)
Sunrise Towing (55)
Superior Relief Services (21)
Sweet Frog (41)
Tiny Miss Coosa Valley Fair Sadie Jo Leonard (14B)
Trail Life USA Troop GA0110 (27)
YMCA Rome Arsenal Soccer Club (42)
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