ROWLAND — Christmas cheer will continue to spread Saturday as it’s Rowland’s turn to hold its annual parade.
The parade begins at Rowland Middle School at 10 a.m., moves down Main Street and turns onto U.S. 301, circling back to the middle school. Immediately following the parade will be a festival at the Historic Rowland Depot on Railroad Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s not too late to get in line for the parade. Just show up at the middle school by 9 a.m. There is no charge.
“It will be a good time for everybody and the weather is going to be perfect,” said Elizabeth Brown, an administrative assistant of the town.
The forecast is for sunny skies with a high of about 55 degrees.
Robeson County Commissioner Hubert Sealey and state Rep. Garland Pierce are grand marshals.
The parade will feature floats from BB&T, Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Stone’s BP service station, and the Sudan Tomcat Shiners and Playboys, according to Brown. The parade will include high school marching bands from South Robeson, Red Springs and Dillon, S.C.
After his ride on the parade, Santa Claus will be at the train depot putting smiles on children’s faces for the camera.
The festival will include crafts, food, and live entertainment by Delano Townsend/Southern Xposure and the Praise Dancers.
The following are the dates of other holiday parades:
— Fairmont will hold its Christmas Parade on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. The parade begins in the northern part of downtown at F.F. Palace restaurant and travels south to the Fairmont Community Park, where a tree-lighting ceremony will be held. Following the tree lighting the town will hold a celebration at the Heritage Center.
For parade applications call Mayor Charles Kemp at 628-9766, Ext. 15. The deadline for parade applications is Monday. All floats in the parade must include lights and a $100 prize will be awarded for the best float.
— Lumberton will have its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Movie on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Historic Downtown Plaza. The Police Department’s DARE Band and the musical cast from “A Robeson County Christmas” will perform at the ceremony and at 7:30 p.m. in the Carolina Civic Center “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown. The free event will feature horse and carriage rides, tractor hay rides, hot cocoa, and cookies.
For more information call 910-671-3876.
— Marietta will hold its White House Volunteer Fire Department/Marietta Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. The deadline for float entries is Monday. There is no entry cost. Immediately following the parade will be a benefit auction for the White House Volunteer Fire Department at the community building.
For parade applications or vendor information, call John Bare at 910-628-9368 or Mayor Justin Oliver at 910-628-6556.
— St. Pauls will hold its Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. The parade will line up at the St. Pauls High School at 1 p.m. and will travel through downtown St. Pauls on Broad Street back to the high school. Entries are still being accepted for the parade, whose theme this year is “Believe.”
For parade applications, call the St. Pauls Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-865-3890 or Doris McLean at 910-474-3920.
— Pembroke will hold its Twilight Christmas Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The parade will line up at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and end at the Pembroke Elementary School.
Participation in the parade is free. Participants are asked to be at the Givens Performing Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. to begin lining up.
— Maxton will hold its Christmas Parade on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. The parade will line up at Townsend Middle School and travel down Main Street to Patterson Street.
For parade applications call Maxton Town Hall at 910-844-5231.
— Red Springs will hold its Christmas Parade on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The parade will line up at Red Springs High School and will end at Hardee’s on Fourth Avenue.