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Bring on The Floats: Holiday Parades 2017

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We have thrown out the Jack-O-Lanterns, put away the costumes, and eaten too much candy.  Time to start looking up turkey recipes, pulling the plastic tree out of the attack, and practice our greeting card signatures.  It’s the holidays! 

                One of the most exciting parts of the Holidays is all the wonderful parades that take place, in the Triad area.  You wake up before the sunrise and hope to get a good spot on the sidewalk.  Venders walk up and down the street, selling peanuts and noise makers.  The churches set up tables with baked goodies and hot cocoa.  Then, the police sirens chime, the drum beats begin, and here come the floats!

                However, if you’re like me, I tend to forget to look up the dates and times for these magical trips into Holiday Land.  This year, I’ve done all the work for you and gathered the information for a few of the local parades.  Maybe I’ll get something extra special in my stocking for helping you out!

Greensboro Holiday Parade- The Greensboro parade will take place on December 2nd at Noon, rain or shine.  The route will start at the corner of N. Greene St and E. Lindsey St and will finish at the corner of E. Lindsey and Summit Ave.  You can find information on the Greensboro parade history, as well as a route map here: http://downtownindecember.org/holiday-parade

Burlington Christmas Parade- The Burlington parade is one of the earliest in the season, taking place on November 18th at 10am.  The Burlington route starts at the corner of Lexington and Front st and finishes at the YMCA on Kitchen St.  More information and a copy of the route here: http://www.btowneventsnc.com/christmas-parade.html

Mebane Christmas Parade- The Mebane parade is one of the smallest, but it is special because it is a night parade, taking place on December 1st at 7pm.  A map for this event has not been posted, at this time, but it takes place in Downtown Mebane, around US HWY 70.  Information can be found here: http://www.visitalamance.com/cvb-events/mebane-christmas-parade-13/

High Point Holiday Festival Parade- The High Point parade will take place on November 19th at 3pm, rain or shine. This route begins on Green Dr and wraps up on Montlieu Ave.  This is one of the largest parades in the area.  There is no map on the website, but history and more info on the parade can be found here: http://highpointparade.com/

Raleigh Christmas Parade- The state capital plays host to largest parade, not just in this area, but in this section of the country.  It will take place on November 18th at 9:40am.  The 2.5-hour parade route starts on Hillsborough St and ends on Lenoir Street, 1.4 miles away.  Parade map and information located here: https://grma.org/christmas-parade/

Durham Parade and Fun Fest- On December 2nd, the city of Durham holds a 5-hour long Winter celebration!  The parade begins at 10am, going from the Durham Health Department and finishing at Duke University East Campus.  After the parade, stay and enjoy Fun Fest at American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St.  You can look forward to sledding, music, and other free activities (Don’t forget to go see Santa!).  Info here: https://durhamnc.gov/1620/Holiday-Parade-and-Fun-Fest

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