Marietta mayor wants the whole town decked out in Braves gear ahead of playoffs

Braves fans are excited to see their team clinch the National League East Division for the fifth season in a row.

To show his support, the mayor of Marietta is calling for the entire city to deck out in their Braves gear and decorations.

Mayor Steve Tumlin told Channel 2′s Michele Newell that he’s also planning a pep rally.

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The mayor is clearly proud of his team, but he’s not the only one.

Business owners across Marietta are more than happy to show their support.

Len Thompson owns a barbershop and hair salon in Marietta. He told Newell he has seats from Turner Field and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

“Being a longtime Braves fan, when they became available, I had to get them,” he explained.

Thompson’s love for the Braves is visible inside and outside his shop.

“At last count, we had 50 bobbleheads,” he said.


Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who is a Marietta native, has even been immortalized in historic Marietta Square.

To encourage participation in decking out the town, Mayor Tumlin is turning it into a contest with the winner being honored during next week’s pep rally on the square.

“We’re very excited , we always love when the mayor comes up with fun ideas like this,” Museum Director of the Marietta History Center Amy Reed.

The Marietta History Center is already decorated up.

“We’ve got some oversized baseballs just to promote the game, and our big Braves banner flag that flies,” Reed said.

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The pep rally is scheduled for next Thursday night.