Pembroke next in line for Christmas parades

First Posted: 12/3/2013

PEMBROKE — It will be Pembroke’s turn to spread holiday cheer Thursday, when the town holds its annual Twilight Christmas Parade and tree-lighting ceremony.

“As far as the size of the parade, it will be about the same as the one last year,” said Gregory Cummings, a former town councilman who has organized the event for the past 37 years.

The parade will feature more than 100 units, including the usual assortment of floats, antique vehicles, beauty queens and marching bands.

“It can be nerve-racking trying to put it together, but it’s also very exciting,” said Cummings, who began working on this year’s parade in August.

The parade begins at 4 p.m. at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and will be immediately followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at the Pembroke Old Town Park.

The ceremony will feature complimentary refreshments and music provided by DJ Pierre Locklear. Choirs from Pembroke Elementary School, Prospect Elementary School and Purnell Swett High School will also perform.

The event is free to the public, though guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to area food pantries.

The following are the dates for the other holiday parades in Robeson County:

— Fairmont will hold its Christmas parade on Friday. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. downtown and will be immediately followed by a tree-lighting ceremony. After the ceremony, choirs from Rosenwald and Long Branch schools will perform at the Heritage Center.

— St.Pauls will hold its Christmas parade on Saturday. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Pauls High School.

— The 27th annual Marietta-Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department parade will also be on Saturday. Lineup at the old Marietta school will between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

— Maxton will hold its Christmas parade on Dec. 14. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Townsend Middle School.

— Red Springs will hold its Christmas parade on Dec. 14. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at Red Springs High School.