With the holiday season now here, the town of Roseboro is busy making final preparations for its upcoming eighth annual Christmas parade which is set to be held Friday night, Dec. 13.
While interested persons, churches, businesses, and organizations still have a few more days before the entry deadline on Monday, Dec. 9, town employee and parade coordinator Sharon Williams shared that many have already turned their entry forms and fees into town hall, ensuring they have a spot in the parade line-up.
“We have about 47 entries already signed up,” said Williams, adding that she anticipates quite a few more entry forms to come across her desk this week. “We usually have a little over 100 entries each year.”
Parade entries can include walking and dancing groups, a variety of cars, professional and homemade floats, marching bands, and queen, king, and princess appearances. Persons with float entries can also choose to be a part of the parade’s float competition with judging taking place during the parade as the floats pass by the town’s grandstand.
With the parade scheduled to start at 7 p.m., Williams noted that participants need to plan on lining up no later than 6:15 p.m. Line-up will be on Broad Street behind Eddie’s Tire Service as in years prior with floats gathering in the Food Lion parking lot and marching bands gathering at Roseboro Methodist Church. Persons can call town hall at 910-525-4121 after Dec. 11 for more information about their specific number in the line-up and further instructions.
“We’re looking forward to it and seeing everyone come out,” said Williams, urging the community to “get those entries in.”
For a parade entry application, please visit the town’s website at www.roseboronc.com or contact Roseboro’s town hall. Once completed, entry forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 848, Roseboro; faxed to 910-525-3133; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. An entry fee of $25 (excluding dignitaries, public service, and marching bands) is required.
Roseboro mayor David Alexander praised the community for supporting the Christmas parade over the past eight years.
“We always have very good turnout,” noted Alexander, describing how the parade is not only filled with participants but how hundreds of people always line the parade route which begins on Broad Street and then travels down Main Street.
One of the draws of the parade, town officials believe, is that it takes place at night.
“It’s one of the very few night parades,” pointed out Williams with Alexander mentioning that he has heard of only one or two others like it in North Carolina.
“Night parades are a good thing. People seem to really love attending them. I guess it’s the lights,” he said.
Williams agreed, noting that “it is very pretty to see all the lights at night.”
Whether night or day, the parade wouldn’t be a success if not for the active involvement and the strong support from the community.
“A lot of effort from locals goes into it,” shared Williams, offering thanks to the parade’s many sponsors including Subway, Piggly Wiggly, Fisher’s Insurance, Sykes Paving, Butler Funeral Home, Mid-South Trucking, Express Carwash, Crumpler Plastic Pipe, and James Trading Company.“And it’s just a great outing for citizens to enjoy.”
“It’s one of those things that makes the better,” Alexander added. “”We all get together and we have people who used to live in Roseboro come back and visit. It just makes people feel good about living here. It’s great entertainment and we enjoy it every year. We can’t wait. We want everyone to come out and have a good time.”
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at email@example.com.