MAXTON — The town of Maxton will try to spread some holiday cheer with its 19th annual Christmas Parade.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Austin Street. The parade will go down Martin Luther King Drive to Patterson Street and end on Central Street.
Residents are invited to join the procession along with St. Nick himself.
“We always have a great turn out,” said James McEachin, chairman of the town’s Christmas Parade for the past 12 years. “We’ll have about 1,500 to 2,500 people — how they arrive I really don’t know, but there’s always a great turnout.”
The police department, town officials, carolers and businesses will come through the parade along with the Maxton cheerleaders and five school bands to pump up the crowd.
There are about 80 entries in this year’s parade,including three commercial floats that are painted white, gold, green and red to honor the season. The commercial floats belong to Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Judah International Ministries and St. Matthews AME Zion Church.
“This year the cheerleaders will have the opportunity to display their talents and they won the cheering championship,” he said. “There will be five different spots for them to do their performances and they are really good.”
Parade will begin with a breakfast for seniors at 8 a.m. at the Maxton Family Resources Center. After breakfast, seniors will be taken to the parade in limousines provided by Purcell, Jackson’s Chapel, Robinson McLean and S&L Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
“My favorite part of the parade is the happening of it and to see all of those smiling faces and just see the real Christmas spirit and people enjoying themselves,” he said. “It’s just a wonderful feeling.”
For information about the Maxton Christmas Parade call 910-364-2784.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.