I love a parade. It’s a tradition in my house to have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on while the turkey roasts and all the family starts coming in for the day. Who doesn’t love the pageantry of the big floats, the beauty of the Rockettes and the wonderful marching bands?
But it’s even better to go to a parade in person, and Christmas parades are the absolute best. I can almost hear it now, the blaring sirens of fire trucks from our local volunteer fire departments, the heart-thumping percussion of the bands from North, West and South Stokes High Schools and the revving of engines as the classic cars and trucks get ready to roll down the street. It’s the sounds of the parade that make being there in person so much more fulfilling than watching one on TV.
And of course it’s not just the sounds, it’s the entire atmosphere that I love. I don’t know what I enjoy more, watching my friends and people I know from the community ride by on floats with all sorts of great themes, or watching my kids and others lined up along the street waving, catching candy and waiting in anticipation for the grand finale — Santa’s entrance into town.
This year I’ll be sure to take my family out to the parade, it’s a must-do on our list of Christmas traditions. You can choose to go to the parade in either King or Walnut Cove, or what the heck, go to both!
The King parade is on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.
Walnut Cove will have their parade on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.
Parades aren’t the only thing to get you out of the house and hanging out with the community this season. Start things early with the tree lighting ceremony in Walnut Cove on Nov. 30. Activities start at 5:30, and the lighting will take place when it’s dark.
Another fun afternoon that my kids especially enjoy is the Christmas in Historic Danbury event, sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council, Artist’s Way Bakery, the Town of Danbury, Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Historical Society. There’s music on the courthouse steps, activities for kids at both the arts council and the library, stories by the tree at the library, pictures with Santa, carolers and horse and carriage rides.
We may not have enough snow in our neck of the woods for sleigh rides, but snuggling up with your sweetie in a horse-drawn carriage goes a long way toward making you feel like you’re living out the familiar lyrics of “Sleigh Ride,” and good luck getting the tune out of your head after a lovely afternoon in Danbury.