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Asheville Holiday Parade announces return on Nov. 20
Saturday, 02 October 2021 11:35

From Staff Reports 

Following a year’s absence after the 2020 Asheville Christmas Parade was canceled because of safety concerns involving the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have announced the return of the parde for this year.

Specifically, the 75th annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 in downtown Asheville and the highlight, as usual, will be Santa Claus. The event usually draws thousands of people to the downtown area. 

The parade’s theme is “Celebrating 75 Years of Memories and Magic.” The event is produced by the Asheville Downtown Association, in partnership with the City of Asheville.

The parade’s official performance stop is at the corner of Biltmore and Patton avenues. Prime viewing areas will line Biltmore and Patton. The parade will end on Patton Avenue at South French Broad Avenue.

Besides Santa, the parade usually features more than 100 groups, including numerous floats, marching bands and others.

“We are hopeful and cautiously excited that we can bring the Holiday Parade back to our community this year,” ADA Executive Director Meghan Rogers said in a press release.

The release added that the organizers will monitor COVID-19 trends, consult with local public health and medical officials and follow any guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, the state of North Carolina, Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.



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