The annual Eastman Lions Club Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Parade applications may be obtained for the Eastman/Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, Global-Net Insurance or any Eastman Lions Club member.
There is a $25.00 entry fee for floats, vehicles (beauty pageant winners, homecoming queens, political and etc.) and walking units. A fee of $25.00 for the first 10 and $15.00 for each over the first 10 is charged for equestrian units (horses) and motorcycle units.
Plaques are awarded for first, second and third place floats. Color guard units, bands, fire and police units are not required to pay any fee.
Dusty Lewis of Global-Net Insurance is chairing the 2013 parade and checks can be made out to the Eastman Lions Club, Post Office Box 166 Eastman, Georgia 31023 or turned in to the Eastman/Dodge Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to the chamber of helping to promote the parade on their website and helping distribute and collect applications and parade fees.
The parade was an afternoon parade for many years and then became an evening parade for a number of years. Some people liked the evening parade because they thought that the lights enhanced the Christmas spirit, but the parade was moved back to an afternoon parade due to safety issues with throwing candy and “bedtime” issues for the very young parade observers. The Eastman Lions thought that the safety issues outweighed the enhanced Christmas spirit. Proceeds from the parade are used to support local Lions vision projects. Please help the Eastman Lions make the 2013 parade the best ever!
Tom Pezold will be the grand marshal for the Eastman Lion’s Club Christmas parade on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The parade is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
Pezold was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri as the seventh of nine children. After graduation from Jennings High School, he worked in the manufacturing industry for a short time.
In 1974 he moved to Dublin with his older brother, Jack, who had recently acquired a McDonald’s franchise. That was just the beginning of Pezold’s 39-year association with McDonald’s. He graduated from Hamburger University, which is McDonald’s “Center of Training Excellence.”
Between 1975 and 1978 he assisted his brother with store openings in Vidalia and Sandersville. He met his wife, Sarah, at the McDonald’s in Dublin in 1978. The following 12 years he served as supervisor for several of John Davis’ stores in Dublin and the surParaderounding
In 1991 Pezold became a franchise owner and opened the McDonald’s here in Eastman. The Pezolds have two daughters and no grandchildren, yet. They are members of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. Pezold is involved with the Dodge County High School’s Perfect Plus Attendance initiative and Eastman/Dodge County Recreation Department. He serves on the board of directors for Eastman/Dodge County Chamber of Commerce and The Club for boys and girls.