Forest City parade today
The Forest City Merchant's Association is welcoming the month of December with its annual Christmas parade in Forest City today beginning at 3 p.m.
According to Kelly Dale, president of the merchants association, there will be around 90 people in the parade including the East Rutherford and Chase High School marching bands, dance studios, the Thermal Belt Model A Club, the Rutherford County Shag Club and numerous others.
"We are looking forward to it. It's always fun," Dale said. "We have different people that show up to be in it every year with different floats and organizations."
Spectators will also be able to enjoy kettle corn, cotton candy and funnel cakes while they watch the parade. They are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots sponsored by the Marine Corps League.
"If they are going to bring a toy, bring it to the merchant's association building downtown. It's right across from the fountain and they have a huge Toys for Tots banner on the building this year," Dale said. "The Marines are also going to do a Toys for Tots float."
If community members want to get a good parking spot and get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier, they can stop by Lane's Hog Heaven BBQ on Main Street for Sunday dinner and holiday, bluegrass music provided by the Mountain Oaks Bluegrass Band. The band will be performing from 1- 3 p.m. and will have copies of their recently released Christmas CD for $10. The restaurant will be serving food from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
"We are never open on Sundays but we decided with the parade and all there would be a lot of people coming into town and from church. They can stop by, get a good parking spot, eat lunch and listen to music to get them in the Christmas mood for the parade," said Billie Lane, owner of the restaurant. "We are going to have the buffet and we'll have a regular Sunday dinner. We will have some barbecue but we are going to have fried chicken, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls. It will be traditional stuff for a Sunday dinner."
Dale said her favorite part of the parade is always Santa Claus. She said the merchants association volunteers get to ride on that float with Santa.
"Santa Claus is the greatest ever. It's the coolest thing ever to watch all of the little kids yell out to Santa and wave to him," Dale said. "It's so much fun. Santa is the best part of the whole parade."
If anyone is interested in walking in the parade, they must have a Christmas theme and be in line at Vance Street by 2:30 p.m. Call 828-247-4430 for more information.