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Christmas Parade applications are live!!!

The Downtown Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade is a much-loved holiday tradition in the city. University and high school bands march and perform, numerous community groups and businesses enter floats, and Santa visits every year!


All parade applications must be submitted online! One application per vehicle even if you are entering more than one vehicle in the parade! Each vehicle application must have Driver’s Name, Driver’s License Number & a copy of the Driver’s License in order to complete. Please ensure the driver’s info matches with the vehicle they will be driving in the Parade.

Applications will be open Monday, September 11th, 2023




The theme this year is “A World of Holiday Wonder.” Are sleigh bells ringing? Is there a snowman in the meadow? Are you snuggling by a fire? Decorate your floats and vehicles with snowy hometown nostalgia.

Street Closures

  • Street Closures will begin at 3:30 pm for the Parade Line-Up area.
    • College Avenue will be closed from Willow Street to Virginia Street including all intersections in between.
    • Harper Avenue will be closed from Willow Street to West Avenue.
  • Additional Street Closures will begin at 5:00 pm for the Parade Route.
    • Harper Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to West Avenue.
    • Mulberry Street will be closed from Harper Avenue to Ashe Avenue.
    • Ashe Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to Main Street.
    • Main Street will be closed from Ashe Avenue to Harper Avenue.
    • West Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to Broadway Street.

Parade Route

Starry Night Christmas Parade Route Map

Dos and Don’ts for Participants & Spectators

Walk beside your float/vehicle and hand out candy Throw candy or other items from floats or vehicles
Supervise all children Leave children unattended
Play appropriate music if desired Use a portable PA system to talk to the crowd
Stay on the sidewalk and behind barricades Put children on floats for photos
Spread Christmas cheer Distribute printed materials
Dress for the Christmas holiday Dress like Santa
Report lost children to police Ignore children who appear to be lost
Drive to the end of the unloading zone before unloading your float/vehicle Stop before the end of the route to unload your float/vehicle


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