2013 Asheville Holiday Parade
On Saturday, November 23 at 11 a.m. the 67th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, rolls, marches and dances through downtown to dazzle and entertain for about an hour and a half.
Olympic silver medalist and Western Carolina alumnus Manteo Mitchell will kick off the holiday season as a VIP Judge.
The annual parade is organized by the Asheville Downtown Association and will begin at 11a.m. on Biltmore Avenue near South Charlotte Street and end at French Broad Avenue.
With this year's theme A Star is Born, thousands are expected to line the streets to enjoy the parade. Participants will include cheer and dance teams, dueling pianos, marching bands and more.
Manteo garnered international attention during the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he broke his fibula 200 meters into the 400-meter leg of the men's relay. He was able to continue his part of the race, helping the United States win the silver medal.
The 2013 Asheville Holiday Parade will follow the same route as last year - north on Biltmore Avenue from Charlotte Street, making a left on Patton Avenue heading west.
Several streets will be closed leading up to, and during the parade. From 7 am until 2 pm Patton Avenue will be closed from Clingman Avenue to Biltmore Avenue. Biltmore Avenue will be closed from College Street to South Charlotte Street. Also, North French Broad Avenue, Carter Street, and North Ann Street will be blocked at Patton Avenue.
Here's the parade route from Asheville Downtown Association.
Directly after the parade, you can head on over to Pack Square Park for JingleFest to continue the fun with activities until 4 pm.
More information on the parade can be found here.
We will air the parade on Thanksgiving morning, starting at 9 a.m. on WLOS.