Asheville’s annual Holiday Parade will take center stage on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m.
This year’s parade, themed “Holiday Magic,” will feature approximately 100 entries, including regional marching bands, dance teams, cheering squads, and floats. The performance stop will be at the intersection of Pack Square, Biltmore, and Patton Avenues. The parade will then travel up Biltmore Avenue from Charlotte Street toward Pack Square, then turn left and go down Patton Avenue, and end on South French Broad Avenue.
The Grand Marshal for the 2017 parade is WWE Hall of Fame inductee Beth Copeland. Beth is the youngest person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and is also a WWE Divas Champion and three-time WWE Woman’s Champion. Retired from wrestling and living in Asheville with her husband, Adam, Beth is the proud mother to two children, Lyric and Ruby.
For a second year, the Arboretum will partner with the City of Asheville for Winter Lights Downtown, an artistic holiday light display festooned in the trees in Pack Square. Winter Lights Downtown will begin with a lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. following the parade, with free hot chocolate from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.