PRESS RELEASE FROM ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION:
The application deadline for the parade has been extended to Friday, October 7 at pm. Applications are available at ashevilledowntown.org/holidays.
The Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles of WNC, rolls, dances and marches through downtown Asheville on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 11am. The parade features nearly 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads, nonprofits and businesses. This year’s parade theme is “Light Up the Holidays.”
2016 Grand Marshals are Asheville Community Theatre. Like the parade, ACT is celebrating 70 years in the Asheville community.
“We’re thrilled to me named this year’s Grand Marshals. For 70 years, ACT has been committed to this community. We are proud to have been a presence in downtown Asheville for decades where we have cultivated partnerships and collaborations with many of our wonderful neighbors,” said Jenny Bunn, the theatre’s marketing director.
She continued, “The Holiday Parade showcases talented youth and adults, strong businesses and caring nonprofits – and gives us an occasion to come together as a community to celebrate the individuals and companies that make Asheville such a special place to live. We’re proud to be a part of that legacy, and we’re excited to move forward into the next 70 years!”
Parade entries include a little something for everyone with decorated floats, adoptable pets from area rescue organizations, our Honored Veterans float sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, live music, performances, and of course, Santa Claus, brought to you by the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights.
The performance stop is located at the corner of Biltmore and Patton Avenues. After the parade, families are invited to The Grove Arcade for photos with Santa from 2-4pm.