Holidays are here!

Thousands flock to annual Holiday Festival Parade
Nov. 18, 2012 @ 07:22 PM

Watching his grandchildren dart on to N. Main Street to retrieve candy Sunday afternoon meant one thing for Carson Hendrix and his family – it was parade time once again.
As the Crescent Ford Holiday Festival Parade marched through downtown High Point, Hendrix took in the sights and sounds of the procession from his lawn chair set up on the sidewalk, covering his legs with a blanket on the blustery afternoon.
“We are looking forward to seeing Santa,” said Hendrix, as his grandchildren – 7-year-old Ethan and 4-year-old Claire – scurried to pick up goodies tossed into the street by local politicians riding in the parade. “Of course, we used to come every year when it was at night, but I think having it on Sunday afternoon is so much easier for families.”
Makayla Putnam of High Point and her family watched the High Point Central High School marching band fire up the crowd, as cheerleaders turned cartwheels in the street.
“It’s great to see the community come out every year for the parade,” said Putnam, who has attended the parade for more than 30 years. “It always gets me in the Christmas spirit.”
Organizers estimated that the parade, a production of the Guilford Merchants Association, drew a crowd of about 18,000 along its two-mile route. There were 175 parade entries this year.
“The weather cooperated. It was a little cool, but it is the holiday season,” said Sharon Smith, High Point community liaison for the Guilford Merchants Association.
For Derek Smith of High Point and his two children, the parade experience included cotton candy and toys bought from a sidewalk vendor.
“I love it,” Smith said. “Everybody’s having fun.”
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