Johns Creek Founders Day Parade goes ‘medieval’

Dec. 1 parade kicks off with knights on horseback

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Founders Day Parade will travel back in time about 1,000 years to the age of chivalry and its noble knights and faire ladies.

Medieval Times, the Lawrenceville attraction, will provide the knights on their noble steeds as part of the sixth annual Founders Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

They will join other popular parade attractions this year, including the Parris Island Marine Band, Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band, the marching bands from Johns Creek and Northview high schools, the Regional Mustang Club, the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums, the Atlanta Braves’ Heavy Hitters Drumline.

The parade caps a weeklong series of events that celebrates the city’s 2006 incorporation.

During the year, Elizabeth Warren is the risk manager for the city of Johns Creek, but she traditionally dons her official elf hat to see to it that the Founders Day Parade gets better each year. She says this year is no different.

“Yes, this will be the best parade ever,” Warren said. “We have eight more units in this year’s parade than we did last year [for a total of 92]. And I was told last year when the first unit hit the finish line, the last unit had not stepped off on the 1.5 mile route.”

Opening ceremonies are at the Twin Bridges Shopping Center at the intersection of Jones Bridge and State Bridge roads. There, Mayor Mike Bodker will aid parade master of ceremonies Karyn Greer, news anchor at 11Alive News (and a St. Ives resident).

The parade begins on State Bridge Road at West Morton Road and ends at Ocee Elementary School at Kimball Bridge Road.

Floats will incorporate the theme “Traveling Thru the Creek,” and may include any means of transportation, including cars, trucks, boats, golf carts or even roller skates.

Santa will make his traditional appearance on a Johns Creek fire truck and will be available to hear Christmas wishes following the parade at Santa Jam at Johns Creek High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Founders Day schedule of events

Through Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Toys for Tots”

City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400

“Bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.” To participate, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy and put it in the toy box in the fourth floor lobby.

Through Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cards for Military Personnel

City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400

Campaign to write personal greetings to military service members on cards designed by fifth-graders, in the fourth floor lobby.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Kids’ Holiday Craft Workshop

Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700

Sponsored by the Johns Creek Arts Center. Youngsters can make their own holiday decorations; supplies provided by the city.

Wednesday, Nov. 28; times vary

Holiday Book Readings

Mayor Mike Bodker, Johns Creek Council members, police and fire chiefs read holiday stories to students at the nine Fulton County elementary schools in Johns Creek.

Friday, Nov. 30, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

“Holiday Workshop

Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway

The hospital, City Hall’s next-door neighbor, holds a holiday festival on their campus Friday night before the parade. Enjoy music from school choruses, crafts, Johns Creek Fire Department ribs/Brunswick stew dinner plates on sale (to benefit Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation) and a visit with Santa. Also see their holiday light show along Hospital Parkway.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.

6th annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade

On State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge Road and West Morton Road

Karyn Greer, Emmy Award-winning anchor of 11Alive news and Johns Creek resident, returns as emcee of the sixth annual Founders Day Parade. Opening ceremonies feature the Barnwell Elementary School Chorus, followed by the parade with marching bands from Northview and Johns Creek High Schools, floats and Santa.

Special entries this year include: Atlanta Braves’ “Heavy Hitters” electrifying drumline, Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band, Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Stone Mountain, three mini racecars, the Regional Mustang, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, knights and maidens from Medieval Times and the Parris Island Marine Band.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“Santa Jam” at Johns Creek High School

Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road

Santa and his fire truck will be available for photos (bring camera). There will also be live entertainment, music, children’s activities (moon walk and more) and signing of cards for military personnel. Food and drinks will be available.

Parade traffic

The parade route will be closed in three stages from east to west until the 1.4-mile route between Morton and Kimball Bridge roads is blocked off: (Closings include side streets. Traffic from Twingate Drive will be allowed to enter and exit State Bridge Road in the direction of Medlock Bridge Road.)

  • 8 a.m. — State Bridge blocked between East and West Morton roads. Morton Road is shaped like a horseshoe with both sides crossing State Bridge Road. That means motorists on State Bridge Road can use Morton as a detour to go around the closed segment and continue on State Bridge until about 9:15 a.m.

  • 8:30 a.m. — State Bridge Road blocked from West Morton Road to Jones Bridge Road.

      Jones Bridge will remain open until about 10 a.m.

  • 10 a.m. — State Bridge Road closed all the way from East Morton Road to Kimball Bridge Road. Roadblocks lifted around noon.