Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and that means Christmas parades and celebrations are just around the corner, including the annual Elkin/Jonesville Christmas parade.
This year’s parade will be Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., and the theme is “A Remarkable Gift,” noted organizer Vicky Roberts with the sponsoring Downtown Elkin Inc., a group of merchants in the historic Elkin district who put on the event.
“We’ve had people calling since four months ago, so everybody is excited and wanting to participate,” she said.
While there is no advanced registration required for the parade, Roberts encouraged people to call and let them know they are participating because numbers are turned in to the event permit.
For those who may not have a trailer of their own, professional floats are still available for rent which come already decorates, Roberts said. A full float costs $525, but groups can rent quarters or halves of the floats as well for less.
The only cost for parade participants are if they are advertising a business, which costs $100, and if a group chooses to rent the professional float. All other entries are accepted free of charge, said Roberts.
“The parade is nonprofit, so the money is used to pay our expenses,” she said, noting the extra add-on riders on insurance that must be purchased to cover the event.
Elkin and Jonesville partner on the parade, with the line-up for the event starting at Yadkin Valley Bank in Jonesville. From there the line of 100 to 125 entries will travel across the Yadkin River bridge into Elkin, where it will turn right at Combs Butcher Shop and proceeds to Main Street. Then the parade will head west on Main Street to the Elkin Public Library and travel on to its ending point at Elkin High School.
“We will line up like last year – when you get there, that’s your spot in line,” Roberts said.
There is no registration form, but those planning to participate should call Roberts at 336-244-5662 and share with her what group they are with and what type of entry they are bringing.
“The only thing we ask is that there are no other Santas, so there is only one at the end,” she said.
She said the parade typically features 100 to 125 entries, and a lot of classic cars from those who participate in the summer cruise-ins. Other entries range from homecoming and pageant queens to fire trucks to church groups.
A highlight of the parade for many people is the high school marching bands, which usually include East Wilkes, Elkin and Starmount student musicians and color guards.
There will be judging for entries such as best expression of the theme, best enthusiasm and best high school band. Judges are stationed in front of Wells Fargo Bank on West Main Street in Elkin.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.