Saturday 28 Mar 2020

Mount Olive Christmas Parade To Follow New Route

The 2019 Mount Olive Christmas Parade that will be held on December 7th will have a new route. Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Beck, Mayor Joe Scott, Town Manager Charles Brown, Fire Chief Greg Wiggins and Police Chief Tommy Brown made a joint decision to bring the parade back downtown. Beck stated, “Our goal is to revitalize downtown Mount Olive and the best way to do that is to have events there and drive traffic to our beautiful downtown. The five of us met to determine the best route that would be conducive for parade participants, parade attendees and our citizens. We are excited about this new route. In addition, this parade route is 1.3 miles from start to finish, considerably shorter than our previous route.”

The parade line up will occur at 9 a.m. with the parade commencing at 10 a.m. The Wayne County Sheriffs Honor Guard will lead the parade, followed by the yet to be named grand marshal, over 100 entries and will end with a special guest, Santa Claus (Ronnie Southerland. The parade line up will occur on Bell Avenue and College Street with the official start of the parade starting at College Street, at the intersection of College Street and Church Street.

The parade route will travel down College Street, cross the train track and turn left onto Center Street (Ribeyes side). At Pollock Street, the parade route will turn left over the train track and continue down the other side of Center Street (Southern Bank side) to James Street. Parade traffic will turn right onto James Street and disperse. Parade participants who need picked up after the parade can meet in the town hall parking lot located at 114 E. James Street.

Please note, NO cars will be allowed to park on Center Street from College Street to Pollock Street to allow room for the floats, marching bands, fire trucks and the other parade entries. Parade attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit along Center Street and watch the parade.

Parade participants will line up on Bell Avenue (near Carver Elementary School) and College Street (near Maplewood Cemetery). All parade traffic must enter the parade line up via Bell Avenue. To get to Bell Avenue, take Highway 55 East toward Seven Springs, turn right onto Old Seven Springs Road toward Carver Elementary School (East Coast Service located at this intersection), and turn left onto Bell Avenue. Bands, commercial floats and other large entries will line up on North Johnston Street and be funneled into the parade route. All parade participants will have this new route emailed to them.

Ten people will have an opportunity to ride in the Pickle Train, owned by the Friends of the Parks (FOTP), during the Mount Olive Christmas Parade. If interested in riding in the Pickle Train, contact Josh Phillips, Mount Olive Parks & Recreation Director, at 919.738.2602. FOTP will charge $10.00/person to ride in the parade, maximum of 10 people (first come, first served). The funds raised will be used for projects at Nelson Street & Westbrook Parks.

Prior to the Christmas Parade, the Mount Olive Chamber will have a pancake breakfast at the Mount Olive Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries on Saturday, December 7 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. For $7.00, a person will receive

3 pancakes, 2 pieces of sausage, 2 pieces of bacon and a drink. Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce office at 123 N. Center Street, Mount Olive.

Parade entry applications are available at the Mount Olive Chamber office (123 N. Center Street), or by emailing [email protected] Deadline to submit applications is November 15th. Entries received after November 15th will charged a $30.00 late fee.

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