The Asheville Holiday Parade made its way through downtown on Saturday, Nov. 23. It was the 67th iteration of the annual event that brought out marching bands, floats, cyclists, roller skaters, martial artists, dancers, jugglers and, of course, the big man in the red suit. Despite chilly temperatures, crowds gathered along Biltmore and Patton Avenues to cheer the cheerleaders and catch candy prizes. This year’s theme was “A star is born,” and indeed they were: First place — judged in the categories of civic/nonprofit, cheerleading/gymnastics, dance and corporate/business — went to Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance, Salem Elementary School, Angie’s Dance Academy and Highland Brewing Co., respectively.
— Joshua Cole is an Asheville-based freelance writer and photographer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.