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The Little Parade That Could

by Mary Jane McCall

A not-to-be-missed event on the Highlands Social Calendar, The Olde Mountain Christmas Parade (set for Main Street at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 7) is a celebration for the entire community.

The annual Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade is held this year on Saturday, December 7, at 11:00 A.M.

This is definitely the Little Parade That Could, and this year they hope to have more music than ever.

Staged entirely by local groups, churches, businesses, fire departments, friends, neighbors and families, this parade celebrates both our community and the Christmas Spirit. Folks young and old gather on Main Street wrapped in warm sweaters, rosy cheeks glowing in anticipation of the parade Grand Marshall leading off the procession. Try to get there early to claim a prime viewing spot and have a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors for a little pre-parade camaraderie.

You’ll see homemade floats that took long hours of volunteer labor and good times to assemble. Joining the fun will be horses; motorcycles; all-terrain vehicles; dogs; fire trucks; rescue vehicles; classic and antique cars; the Highlands School Homecoming Court, cheerleaders, and athletic teams; local politicians and dignitaries; Smokey The Bear; camels; donkeys; sheep; and, the ever-popular and always well-rehearsed crowd favorites, the Dancing Ladies of the Mountain Garden Club.

Ending the parade are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus, who always mark their calendars so they can attend this parade, their favorite parade of all. They even extend their stay after the parade so that children can visit them in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and share their wish lists.

After the Parade run, don’t walk, to the Episcopal Church for a barbecue dinner benefiting the Food Pantry of Highlands and the Highlands Emergency Council. You’ll also have an opportunity to purchase some delicious homemade jams, jellies, salsas, honey and more to take home with you for your holiday entertaining.

If you’re part of a group that would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112. There is no entry fee and the more the merrier so don’t be shy, join the fun today. Please note that Santa is already in the lineup though, so no need to invite him to be in your entry.

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