CHAPEL HILL – A forecast of a 100-percent chance of rain didn’t keep too many people away, and the rains nearly held off long enough for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday parade Saturday morning.
It all began with the Color Guard and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt riding on a fire truck. Boy scouts, taekwondo groups, local businesses, the Sacrificial Poets, Santa Claus and many more rode on floats through town and handed out candy and treats for children. Northern Chatham County resident, Tanya Randall said the parade is something she looks forward to every year.
“We love it; its great,” Randall said. “It’s a great hometown feel, great parade. We like the bands and the fire trucks and seeing all the groups.”
Many people have made a tradition out of the Holiday Parade and come out every year. Dick and Sheryl Forbis said they have been coming to the parade since moving to Carrboro.
“We come out pretty much each year, so it’s been eight or ten years now,” Forbis said.
Lots of children walked in the parade and even more stood on the sidewalks to catch candy and enjoy the festivities. Both Forbis and even the man in the red suit told us what they really like about the Holiday Parade.
“Love to hear the bands, and then to see the little kids run around and have a great time,” Forbis said. “Whether they are Indian princesses, or cub scouts, or taekwondo’s, they’re all having a big time.”
“How excited everybody gets over seeing Santa Claus, it’s an unbelievable rush” Santa said.
Ending at 11:30 a.m. the parade almost managed to completely avoid the rain, as it began to drizzle right at the end. People were glad that the weather was not too cold in the morning, and Randall said she was happy that it wasn’t raining.
“Yea it’s something we definitely look forward to,” Randall said. “We were glad the rain held off so we could actually come and see it this morning.”
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