Durham's Annual Christmas parade attracts a large crowd

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Durham's Annual Christmas parade attracts a large crowd
Eager crowds lined the streets of downtown Durham for the Bull City's holiday parade.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Eager crowds lined the streets of downtown Durham for the Bull City's holiday parade. Smiles on the faces of parade fans, from the very young to those who are young at heart, reflected the spirit of the season as well as the pleasant weather on Saturday morning.

"It's a perfect day to be here. I like to see everybody happy," said Lorena Ramirez. "It brings the spirit of Christmas, to see people happy. Enjoy together, have fun."

"We just wanted to see a Christmas parade," said Peter Walz as he sat beside Laura Sinclair. "She lives in Durham, not very far from here. So we decided to come to the Durham one."

Not far from that couple sat Juanita Anderson as she enjoyed the latest in a series of parades on the same day.

"Yeah, we've been to three already, and this makes our fourth one. So we decided to come in. The weather's nice and just to see it, see the floats," said Anderson.

That's also an element of the day that makes Laura Sinclair happy.

"Watching the children's bands is always a lot of fun. I enjoy that. The young dancers, always a lot of energy," she said.

First grader Bishop McClain was there for his annual chance to see his favorite attraction, "Spider-Man"

Bishop's father, Fred Davis, chuckled when Bishop nodded after Davis asked "You like Spider-Man better than you like Santa Claus?"

Parade watcher Carlos Bethea, another man watching with his young son, told ABC11 he came for the energy at the parade.

"We'll leave with the energy, and we hope everybody else does the same thing," he said. "Good energy."

Hundreds of parade goers across the state made their way to holiday celebrations in Fayetteville, Holly Springs, and Cary on Saturday.

ABC11 also took part in Fayetteville's annual Christmas parade Saturday morning on Person Street. Anchor Amber Rupinta was at the parade reporting live, as well as ABC11 reporter Monique John, who was waving to the crowds. Hundreds watched as marching bands and parade floats made their way down Hay Street.

Over in Cary, crowds were full of holiday cheer at the 43rd Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade. The parade made its way through Downtown Cary with dance performances, floats, marching bands, and an appearance of ABC11 anchor Steve Daniels.

Hundreds of parade-goers lined Main Street in Downtown Holly Springs where ABC11's Big Weather Don Schwenneker emceed the Happy Holly Days Parade. The event featured floats, bands, dancers, decorated vehicles, marching groups, and other entertainment.