Preparations have begun for Hillsborough’s “Light Up the Night” Holiday Parade, set to take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The parade will travel south on Churton Street, starting at Corbin Street, and end at the intersection of Margaret Lane and Cameron Street. Participants in the parade, which is managed by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Hillsborough's Tourism Board, typically include local businesses, cheerleading teams and dance troupes, bands and town politicians.
Among this year’s entries to the parade are the Orange High School Marching Band and Faulkner’s Elite Gymnastics, along with food truck services by Drizzle D’s Mini Donut truck.
Phil Ford, former assistant coach for UNC basketball and the 1978 NABC National Player of the Year, will be this year’s grand marshal.
Starting 15 minutes before the parade and running the same route, the annual Running of the Elves race will be take place.
After the parade, the day’s festivities will be capped off with the annual tree lighting ceremony and community singing event at Old Courthouse Square.
Mich Faulkner, owner of Faulkner’s Elite Gymnastics in Graham, said his gym will return to the parade with two floats featuring the 45-person competitive gymnastics team and a set of younger gymnasts.
“The students enjoy it,” Faulkner, who used to serve on the Parade Planning Committee, said, “It's not super long, and it's always a good crowd for the length it is. That's a nice thing. It's not super, super long, but it's also beautiful.”
The Orange High School marching band will also return to this year’s festivities. Jacqueline Johnson, the new director of bands at the school, said that this will be her first year at the event.