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Local Christmas parades this weekend

Posted Friday, December 2, 2005

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Christmas parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday and last until around noon. The parade will stretch from near the Morehead Planetarium on East Franklin Street to the Town Hall area of Carrboro.

Organizers expect more than 80 entries -- from floats sponsored by businesses or Boy Scout troops to marching bands. Stormy, the Carolina Hurricanes' ice hog mascot, will be on hand, along with Santa Claus in his sleigh. Fire crews from Chapel Hill and Carrboro will be in the parade as well, along with marching bands from Chapel Hill High and McDougle Middle School.

The town plans to close off East Franklin Street between Henderson and Boundary streets at 8 a.m.

This year's parade is adding a "Holiday Lane," in front of The Chapel Hill News at 505 W. Franklin St. Performers will pause to entertain the crowd.

The Hillsborough Christmas parade will start at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Corbin and North Churton streets, and head south down to Margaret Lane.

Marching bands from Orange High School and Cedar Ridge High School will be joined by bands from Stanback and Stanford middle schools for the parade. Clowns, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, cheerleaders and others will be part of the mix. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be a part of the parade. The lighting of the town's tree will take place right after the parade, on the lawn of the Old County Courthouse.

On Sunday, the Town of Pittsboro is sponsoring a Christmas parade starting at 3 p.m.

The parade will start at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and East Street at the Food Lion Shopping Center. It will head west on U.S. 64, past the Chatham County Courthouse. The parade will end at the Chatham County Sheriff's Department on West Street.

The parade will include middle-school and high-school bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, and local personalities such as the "Chicken Man," throwing candy and entertaining the crowd. Four area bands and 16 floats will be featured in the parade. Float sponsors include the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, the Salvation Army and Horton Middle School.

Downtown shops will be open for the "First Sunday" festivities.

Santa is expected to bring up the rear of the parade.

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