The annual Wilkes County Christmas Parade is Saturday in North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro.
The parade had over 70 entries (listed below), including over 20 floats and all four Wilkes high school marching bands, as of Monday.
A spokesman for the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade, said entries will be accepted through Saturday. The theme is, “A Patriotic Christmas.”
Parade entry fees are $50 per vehicle for commercial entries; $5 per vehicle for personal entries; and $5 per horse, ATV, lawnmower or motorcycle.
School-affiliated entries and other non-profit float entries are admitted free.
Parade entry applications are available at the chamber office or on the chamber website at https://www.wilkeschamber.com/community-events. Entries will line up on the Central Business District Loop as usual.
The parade will follow the same route it has taken in recent years through North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro, starting at the eastern end of the Central Business District Loop in North Wilkesboro and going west on Main Street.
It will go on other North Wilkesboro streets before crossing the Yadkin River bridge between the Wilkesboros and going west on that town’s Main Street, ending near the intersection of Curtis Bridge Road and River Street (Main Street).
Parade entries as of Monday were:
Aaron Parker Life Aquatic Pool & Spa Services, Blue Ridge Ranch, Crossroads Harley Davidson, Peek-A-Boo’s Mobile Grooming, Pruitt Health Hospice, Southern Dental Associates, Steppin’ Out Studio, Studio 68 for Dance and Performing Arts, Trucksmart Insurance, Villages of Wilkes, Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken, Champion Towing, White Oak Stables, 3 Bros Landscaping, Ward Eller (parade marshal) and family;
Carolina West Wireless, Chick-fil-A, Ayla the Dreams Fairy, As for the Lord cleaning and landscaping, Food Lion, Tonya’s Academy of Dance, Freedom Auto LLC, American Heritage Girls Troop NC0345, Boy Scout Troop 335, N.C. Rep. Jeffrey Elmore (candidate for reelection), Weston’s, BROC/WCAC, CC Storm Volleyball Club, Flint Hill Baptist Church Youth Group, Hometown Habitat for Humanity;
Hunter’s House Inc., Williams/Canter Detachment of Marine Corps League, West Wilkes Youth cheerleaders, Wilkes Transportation Authority, Humane Society of Wilkes, Trail USA Troop NC0165, Teresa Stone (Wilkes Clerk of Superior Court candidate), Shirley Randleman (state senator candidate), Baby Majestic N.C. Cutie, Laura Byrd Luffman (District Court judge candidate);
Wilkes Clerk of Superior Court Regina C. Billings (candidate for reelection), Ralph Broyhill (county commissioner candidate), Barry Bush (county commissioner candidate), Cub Scout Pack 340, The Health Foundation, Annalee Bell (West Wilkes High School freshman homecoming attendant), East Wilkes High Cardinal Pride Marching Band, Central Wilkes Middle School cheerleaders, Central Wilkes Falcons youth cheerleaders;
Central Wilkes Falcons Youth Football, Mountain View Elementary School, North Wilkes High Marching Vikings Band, West Wilkes High Blackhawk Marching Band, West Wilkes High FFA, West Wilkes High Homecoming Court and maid of honor, West Wilkes High HOSA, West Wilkes High JV and varsity Cheerleaders, West Wilkes High sophomore attendant Hollyn McGlamery, West Wilkes High homecoming court;
Wilkes Central High Marching Eagles Band, Wilkes Central JV Cheerleaders, Wilkes County High School Theatre, West Wilkes Middle School cheerleaders, Lori Call (county commissioner candidate), Studio 360, Jason Lyles horses, Nathan Perry, Horizons Social Enrichment homeschoolers, Extreme Spirit Allstarz Cheer, Dance & Tumble, Sweet Frog, Mulberry-Fairplains Fire & Rescue and Danny Hamby.