Christmas parades will soon be in area spotlight

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

It's that time of year again, when Santa saddles up in an antique auto and or a pickup truck bed, and has his little helpers handing out candy to crowds on the side of the street.

Christmas parades are right around the corner, and Sanford, Broadway, Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston, Lillington, Carthage and Cameron are just some of the nearby cities with parades this holiday season.

Lee County

The Sanford Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the intersection of Wicker and Carthage streets. It will wind down Wicker until reaching Steele Street and then will return back along Carthage Street to the starting point. Lee County 4-H director Bill Stone will be the parade marshal.

People who want to be in the parade must sign up by Monday. It's free for school groups and youth groups, $15 for non-profits and marchers, $30 for motorized entries and $650 for businesses. For more information on the parade or to sign up, visit www.centralcarolinajcs.org/events/parade.

Gina Guerrero, president of parade host Central Carolina Jaycees, said this year's parade will be similar to those in years past but that people should expect changes next year. In 2014, she said, the parade will probably begin in downtown Sanford so that traffic getting on or off U.S. 1 along Wicker Street isn't disturbed. It will probably be held on a Friday instead of a Monday, she said, and it will definitely remain at night.

"We have one of the only (local parades) that is still at night," Guerrero said. "And we're happy to have ours at night, with all the lights."

The Broadway Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Broadway, although the celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Broadway Community Building at 111 N. Main St. The parade is being sponsored by the Broadway Optimist Club. Churches, civic groups, non-profits and other similar groups can enter for free; classic car owners have to pay $5 per vehicle, and businesses have to pay $50.

People interested in participating should sign up by Dec. 1, and to do that or learn more information about the parade, contact Connie Brown at (919) 356-6900 or visit the Facebook group, "Broadway Optimist 17th Annual Christmas Parade and Celebration."

Chatham County

The Pittsboro Christmas Parade will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. It's sponsored by the town government and free to enter, but people who want to join in must apply by Dec. 4 in person at the Pittsboro Town Hall or by email, mail or fax. More information about the parade, as well as application forms and rules for participants, can be found on the town website's Parks and Recreation page or at http://bit.ly/1bDNqt3.

The Siler City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and is sponsored by the Chatham County Chamber of Commerce. The cost to participate is $10 per entry, and the deadline to apply is Dec. 2. Contact the chamber at info@ccucc.net or (919) 742-3333 for more information or to apply. There will also be a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Siler City beforehand, and afterward children can visit with Santa. Both events will be in the courtyard on Chatham Avenue, where there will also be live music by The Hangout Worship Band. More information at http://bit.ly/1c3M0tp.

The Goldston Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 starting on Manchester Road. There's no fee to enter, but people who want to participate have to sign up by contacting Linda Harris at lingene18@earthlink.net or (919) 898-4122.

Harnett County

The Lillington Christmas Parade, sponsored by the town government, will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, with a rain date of 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The deadline to apply is Nov. 29 and costs $25. Applications and more information on the parade, which will begin on 11th Street in front of Star Academy, can be found at http://www.lillingtonnc.org/special-events.asp or by calling Angel Rollins, at (910) 893-2864.

Moore County

The Carthage Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 starting from the Carriage Oaks Shopping Center. Applications cost $50 for businesses but are free for everyone else, and the form can be found in a grey box on the right side of the webpage www.townofcarthage.org/attractions.aspx.

The Cameron Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Cameron. Megan Hall is organizing the parade, which is in its third year. She said anyone who wants to participate is welcome, but that she would ask people who plan to participate to call her ahead of time at (336) 345-3493 so she can let authorities know how big it's going to be. After the parade, there will be refreshments and Santa at the Cameron Baptist Church fellowship hall.