The Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles of WNC, rolls, dances, and marches through downtown Asheville on Saturday, November 23, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m. The parade features nearly 100 entries; this year’s theme is “Peace on Earth.”
Parade entries include a little something for everyone with decorated floats, adoptable pets from area rescue organizations, our Honored Veterans float sponsored by Mills Manufacturing, high school marching bands, performances, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, brought to you by the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights.
The 2019 Grand Marshal is Madeline Delp, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2017 & 2018. Delp, a graduate of UNC Asheville and a resident of Buncombe County, is an entrepreneur, speaker, and pageant “roll-model” who loves to chase bold adventures. At 10 years of age she suffered a T-10 spinal cord injury. Since then she has climbed Mt. Rushmore and traveled the world.
Madeline continued her passion of inspiring empowered living by founding a nonprofit organization, Live Boundless, which helps to deliver wheelchairs to medically underserved countries around the world. Her next adventures include traveling to the Philippines and Ecuador for wheelchair delivery projects, along with shark cage diving in Florida! Madeline is the first contestant in a wheelchair to compete in the Miss North Carolina USA pageant where she finished in the top 10 and was named “Miss Congeniality.”
The parade’s official performance stop is at the corner of Biltmore and Patton Avenues, but attendees will find great viewing areas all along Biltmore and Patton Avenues. The parade ends on Patton Avenue at S. French Broad.
Parking is available in City of Asheville and Buncombe County parking decks, as well as private decks and surface lots throughout downtown. Several streets will be closed or impacted by the parade, more info is avaiable at www.ashevilledowntown.org/streets-impacted-asheville-holiday-parade-0. Attendees are encouraged to ride ART public transit to ease congestion.
Downtown Local Lights – Friday, November 22, 2019
Once again, the City of Asheville, the NC Arboretum, and the Asheville Downtown Association will present an artistic holiday light display at Pack Square and Pritchard Park. Downtown Local Lights begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22 at Pack Square with free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and crafts with the LEAF Easel Rider. The official lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.
Downtown Holiday Windows Contest
Adding to the holiday fun is the Asheville Downtown Association’s Holiday Windows Contest. Downtown businesses decorate their windows in the spirit of the holidays. A list of participants will be available at ashevilledowntown.org after December 6, 2019.
The Asheville Holiday Parade is produced by the Asheville Downtown Association, in partnership with the City of Asheville. 2019 sponsors include: Bojangles of WNC, the City of Asheville, Apple Tree Honda, the North Carolina Arboretum’s Winter Lights, Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, Carolina Hemp Company, Geico, Kudzu Brands, Aloft Asheville Downtown, WLOS ABC 13, My40, Mix 96.5, Star 104.3, the 828.com, 99.9 Kiss Country, Asheville Color & Imaging, and IMA Photo & Images.
For more information, please visit www.ashevilledowntown.org.