Holiday Parade marches on Sunday
High Point officially rings in the holiday season this weekend.
The Crescent Ford Holiday Festival Parade will march through downtown at 3 p.m. Sunday
The annual parade is a production of the Guilford Merchants Association.
Sharon Smith, GMA’s High Point community liaison, said the parade usually brings a huge crowd.
“We have always had a great view audience,” Smith said. “We had around 20,000 people last year.”
The organizers also give awards and plaques for best band, marching group, dance group, non-professional float, non-professional float with religious theme and manager’s choice.
“Our parade has been looked at as one of the premiere ones around because it is so well organized and attended,” said David Wall, chairman of the parade and decoration committee.
The parade moved from Thanksgiving afternoon, then to the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and then moved to Sunday afternoons, where it has experienced its biggest crowds.
“It gave more families the opportunity to come out and see their children and grandchildren participate in the parade,” Smith said.
Last year the Holiday Festival Parade had more than 2,500 participants.
The parade runs from Green Drive to Montlieu Ave and the BB&T Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin immediately after the parade at the High Point Public Library.
“We’ve always been very fortunate to have participation from not only High Point, but many surrounding towns,” Smith said. “They really look forward to coming to High Point.”