Small towns love a parade. It's an opportunity to show their community pride and Sparta, North Carolina, is not any different. Just about everyone turns out for the three big parades that march through town: the Christmas Parade the Saturday after Thanksgiving; the July 4th Parade held the first Saturday in July; and the Armed Services Parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
They all begin at 2p on Main Street, about a half mile north of the county Courthouse and travel through town a half mile past the county Courthouse, turning left on Blue Ridge Street and following it into the Village Park parking lot. The Memorial Parade is preceded by a ceremony of remembrance on the Courthouse Lawn at 1 p.m.
There are lots of homemade floats, old vehicles, and folks just having a good time. Come early to make sure you get a good viewing spot on the route.
Do you have a car or float you want to enter? Do you just want to march in the parade? Call 336-372-6135 to register (leave a message if no one answers). Entries are always welcome.
When you are planning a trip up to the Blue Ridge, think about being in Sparta for one of our parades. You are guaranteed dose of hometown hospitality that is sure to lift your spirits.