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Sunday’s parade, lighting of community tree launch holiday season locally

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

With turkey and mashed potato leftovers from Thanksgiving now filling the tables of Lincoln County residents, Christmas season is officially here, and the Downtown Development Association plans to ring in the happy holiday with its annual parade on Sunday. Both the eastern and western ends of the county will follow with similar parades in the weeks to come.
The 2012 Lincolnton Christmas Parade will be 4 p.m. Sunday; line-up will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lincolnton High School parking lot.
In addition to music from the local high school band, vendors are set to crowd East Main Street with delectable treats including candied apples, funnel cakes and cotton candy.
Following the parade, city officials will light the nearly 45-foot Christmas tree towering in front of the courthouse. The much anticipated tree-lighting ceremony will commence at 5:30 p.m.
Next month, Denver and Vale will usher in the “most magical time of the year” with their own local parades.
Denver’s event will be 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on N.C. 16 North, and western Lincoln County’s Cat Square Parade will be Dec. 8.
Residents are asked to submit nominations Saturday at Cat Square Superette for the parade’s “Mayor,” “Little Miss” and “Miss” and participate in a vote Dec. 1, again at the store, among the community’s top three picks in each category. Each winner will earn a ride in the unconventional, light-hearted parade, showcasing their Southern pride.
Contact Abby Cole at abbycole@ci.lincolnton.nc.us or(704) 736-8915 for further details on the Lincolnton parade; Contact Jamie Houser at jdhouser@bellsouth.net or (704) 732-0577 for more information on the Cat Square parade.

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