The 41st annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2, at 1: 00 p.m. Participant line up is at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins in the Town of Davidson, starting from the corner of Griffith and Main streets and proceeds south on Main Street (Hwy. 115) to Old Canal Street at the entrance to Antiquity in Cornelius, NC.
Following the conclusion of the North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade, the Town of Davidson will host its third annual Merry Main Street Tricycle Race at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to watch four-person trike teams sponsored by Davidson businesses race through an obstacle course down Main Street.
Please be mindful of street closings due to parade staging, route accommodation, and the trike race beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and re-opening at approximately 3:30 p.m. North Main Street from Concord to Jackson will remain closed following the parade through the conclusion of Christmas in Davidson that evening.
Street Closures on Saturday December 2, 2023
Parade Staging 10:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m.
-Jackson and Watson from Depot St to Delburg
-Griffith from Main to Sloan/Beaty
-Southbound Main from Beaty to Griffith
Parade Route & Christmas in Davidson 12:00 p.m. – Sunday, December 3, 2023
-North Main Street from Concord to Jackson
Drop off location for parade participants: Sadler Square parking lot (261 Griffith St)
Pick up location for parade participants:
- Harris Teeter at Antiquity: 21720 Catawba Ave. Cornelius, NC 28031
- Davidson K8: 635 South St.
Band participants will conclude at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church: 19600 Zion Ave. Cornelius, NC 28031
For more information on the parade, including line up information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/parade.
This year’s Parade Grand Marshals, sponsored by Lake Norman Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep are Jack G. Burney Community Service Award recipients Georgia Krueger (2021) and Karen Toney (2022).
Georgia Krueger has sunk her soul into the Town of Davidson, knitting people together in a web of service. Her impact runs from the shores of the Lake Norman Y and the adaptive swim and water sports program she helped build through to the model of community support and empowerment that is today’s Ada Jenkins Center. She is a whirlwind of energy, and the many of us who’ve been swept up in her wake as she charges up Main Street on any given day know the call to service she models for and demands from us.
Karen Toney grew up in Cross Lanes, West Virginia and arrived in Mooresville in 1993 to live with her great aunt and uncle. It was only shortly after her move that she was discovered by Phyllis Schultz of Ben and Jerry’s, who asked Karen to work at her new ice cream store in Davidson. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with Phyllis and with the Town of Davidson over the past 30 years. Karen wants people to come together with a sense of community and belonging. She has mentored hundreds of youths through employment opportunities, teaching them responsibility, conflict resolution, resilience, and other important life skills.
To learn more about the distinguished Grand Marshals please visit www.townofdavidson.org/Burneyaward.
For additional information about the 41st annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade visit www.townofdavidson.org/parade or contact Gina Carmon, Davidson Parks and Recreation Operations Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (704) 892-3349 with questions.