Pictured above: A local marching band participates in the Mooresville Christmas parade – WSIC file photo
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – The Mooresville Christmas parade has traditionally been held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving since 1944.
Now in its 75th year, the parade will happen Tuesday, November 26 at 3 p.m.
“A lot of people come here, I’ve heard comments from folks (that have) moved here from somewhere else and say… ‘this parade is just like it was when we were at my hometown when I was a kid,'” says past parade Chairman Ron Johnson. “Well, that’s what we like to hear.”
Johnson retired last year and the parade has a new board. He hopes the tradition of the parade continues under its new leadership.
While the Town of Mooresville is not responsible for organizing the parade, spokeswoman Kim Sellers says the timing dates back to the days when Mooresville was a mill town. The parade is started at 3 p.m. to allow its numerous entries to make it through downtown before dark. Mooresville Graded students are released from classes early so they can enjoy the parade with family and friends.
WSIC will have a float in the parade this year. Look for our white, silver, and blue snowman-themed float with the WSIC team.