Area residents are invited to experience the magic of the holiday season during the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. Sponsored by PowerSecure and presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. – rain or shine.
This year’s procession will feature over 100 colorful floats, four high school marching bands, entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, and – of course – Santa Claus.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South White Street and continue north along South White Street before turning east onto Wait Avenue. It will then turn south onto South Brooks Street and east onto Elm Avenue. The parade will end at the intersection of Elm Avenue and South Taylor Street.
Several street closures will take effect in the downtown area prior to the parade. Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., motorists traveling along the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass will not be permitted to turn onto South Franklin Street. In order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, motorists will only be allowed to access South Franklin Street via Wait Avenue.
Also closing around 10 a.m. are East Holding Avenue, from South Main Street to South Franklin Street; South White Street, from East Holding Avenue to Elm Avenue; Elm Avenue, from South Franklin Street to South White Street; and South Taylor Street from Elm Avenue to Wait Avenue.
Starting around noon, South White Street, from Elm Avenue to East Roosevelt Avenue, will be shut down, as will Wait Avenue, from South White Street to South Brooks Street; and South Brooks Street, from Wait Avenue to Elm Avenue.
Due to these road closures, area residents planning to visit the US Post Office at 224 E. Holding Ave. may wish to consider the Wake Forest Post Office branch located at 910 Gateway Commons Circle. In addition, residents of Heath Ridge Village and the Retreat at Renaissance will only be allowed to access the subdivision via Wait Avenue and South Franklin Street.
The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will allow free parade parking in the lots located at the intersections of South Avenue and South Main Street and Stadium Drive and Rock Spring Road. Parking is also available in the lot just north of the Durham Road and South Wingate Street intersection. Wake Forest Baptist Church will also allow free parade parking. Parade parking signage will be posted at each of these locations.
Handicap-accessible parking will be available at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St.; Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.; and SunTrust Bank, 353 S. White St. Residents with a Disabled Person placard or license plate will be permitted to access these parking lots via Franklin Street and Elm Avenue. Due to the numerous street closures scheduled in the downtown area, anyone planning to park in one of these lots is urged to arrive no later than noon.
This year’s Christmas Parade will feature a designated viewing area for wheelchair-bound attendees. Located in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., this reserved area will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space will be limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, parties of more than four may be asked to separate and reunite after the parade.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants. A Need for Coffee and Lumpy’s Ice Cream will also be on site in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St., and the VFW Chuckwagon will be serving in the Depot Parking Lot, 150 S. White St.
A downloadable Christmas parade map highlighting the parade route, related road closures and event parking is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-christmas-parade.aspx.
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Town of Wake Forest will rebroadcast the Christmas Parade daily on WFTV 10 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the remainder of December. The parade will also be provided online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-christmas-parade.aspx.
The Town of Wake Forest plans to schedule an automated phone call to town residents Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, with details about the Christmas Parade, including the scheduled road closures.
For more information about this year’s Wake Forest Christmas Parade, contact Downtown Development Program Assistant Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete listing of Town-sponsored holiday events, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmas-in-wake-forest.aspx.
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