Monroe’s 66th Annual Christmas Parade to reverse direction this year

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at Williams Street (Across from City Hall) 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the Historic Courthouse and the trees in downtown Monroe are all lit up in time for the 66th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 5 and there will be one big change this year. Instead of beginning at Mill Street and heading north into downtown, the floats instead will gather at Williams Street and head south past City Hall and Scoops, ending at Mill Street. Monroe Mayor John Howard said with all the construction going on in front of the Antique Mill on south Broad, there would just be too much congestion.

“I believe this is the first time, at least in my lifetime, that the parade has gone in this direction,” Howard said.

A new tradition established by the mayor last year will happen again this year. Students from the three schools in the Monroe area that serve the city’s students will represent the City of Monroe in the parade. Tuesday the three students, Erica Ford of Monroe Area High School, Caroline Vansant of George Walton Academy and Sara Hawes of Walnut Grove High School, met with Howard at City Hall to get their instructions and a goodie bag of appreciation from the City. As was the case last year, they will be riding in the parade in the Avenger car, driven by Kevin Dewey of R & R Lock and Key. The 71 Cutlass convertible that the students will be riding in is the one that was driven by the late Stan Lee in the final Avenger movie cameo filmed before his death.

Monroe Mayor John Howard with students Erica Ford of Monroe Area High School, Caroline Vansant of George Walton Academy and Sara Hawes of Walnut Grove High School who will be representing the City of Monroe in the 2019 Christmas Parade. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with a strong focus this year on the Sounds of the Season. The theme is “A Caroling Christmas” and parade entrants were encouraged to incorporate their favorite Christmas carol in their entry for a magical, musical night. Bands will be playing Christmas carols as children line the streets waiting for a glimpse of Santa. The stores and restaurants will be open, so make a night of it.

File photo of Monroe Christmas Parade. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

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