Black Mountain Christmas parade returns to town
The annual Christmas parade will once again come to Black Mountain on Dec. 3.
Starting at 4 p.m. at Flat Creek, the parade will progress down U.S. 70 onto State Street and will finish at Cragmont.
Sharon Tabor, executive director of Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, said parade watchers can expect anywhere from 50 to 70 floats.
Tabor said the parade, an annual tradition for more than five decades, does not take much planning anymore.
“After 50-plus years, the parade pretty much organizes itself,” Tabor said. “Applications are accepted for six weeks prior to the event.”
The deadline for applications to be in the parade was scheduled to close this year on Nov. 28.
Though she said she does not know how much time participants spend working on their entries, Tabor said the parade is “really about volunteers helping to line up the participants before the parade.”
Each year the parade has a different theme.
“The parade uses the same theme as the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry to promote continuity,” Tabor said. “The theme this year is ‘Let Heaven and Nature Sing.’”
The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry’s theme is for the annual Deck the Trees fundraiser, which raises money for the ministry’s Fuel Fund to help keep community members in need warm during the winter months.
Prior to the 2022 season, Deck the Trees raised $192,510.14. This year’s event runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 2, 2023.
Participants in the parade range from local nonprofits and businesses to schools and public safety departments.
Following the parade, the town will host the Circle of Lights at the Lake Tomahawk Picnic Pavilion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.