Johns Creek celebrates seventh year with Founders Day Parade

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga — Bringing a close to the weeklong celebration of Johns Creek’s seventh year, the city saw a multitude of floats, bands, community groups, city officials and even Santa parade down State Bridge Road on Dec. 7. Hundreds of families from Johns Creek and neighboring cities gathered along the street to watch the parade, which featured more than 80 groups.

The morning opened with two souped-up cars rolling down the street, followed by the Johns Creek Police motorcyclists showing off for the kids. Then, the parade began.

As with any good parade, there were several marching bands from local high schools, as well as the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band — an eclectic group of musician performers — and the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Stone Mountain, a kilt-wearing bagpipe-playing group.

Other groups who had plenty of representation were the area’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, who all came out with floats that they had made.

The city had some representatives in the parade as well.

The parade concluded with a guest appearance by none other than Santa Claus, riding in the basket of a Johns Creek fire truck. The parade then ended its route at Ocee Elementary. There, it transitioned into the “Santa Jam,” where the kids were able to meet Jolly Old Saint Nick in his fire truck.

Those attending said that the parade was a good time.

“I was here with my grandkids, and they were excited, and that makes a nice parade,” said Wayne Thomas, who came from Duluth to see the parade.

“There was a lot of people; it was a long parade,” said Kathy Walker, Johns Creek resident, remarking on the duration of the parade, “but it was fun.”