|New route will avoid uptown area|
A new parade route will be used this year because of the work in the uptown courthouse area. The parade will begin on South Main Street near the intersection with Patterson Avenue and go north, taking a left on Floyd Avenue. The remainder of the route is the same as always.
Friday, December 3, 2010
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association, will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Dorothy Cundiff, director of the RMA, said a new route had to be planned because of the revitalization work on South Main Street in the uptown (courthouse) area.
"The parade will begin lining up on South Main Street where the old Kroger store was (near the intersection of South Main Street and Patterson Avenue)," she said. "The parade will go north and turn left on Floyd Avenue (beside Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital), turn right on Franklin Street and proceed to the Hub, turn left on Pell Avenue and proceed to Donald Avenue."
This route avoids the section of South Main Street in the uptown courthouse area, where construction is still under way with the revitalization project.
That is the only difference in the parade this year, Cundiff said.
This year's theme is "We Remember," and Cundiff said it's a way for everyone to bring back all those great memories of loved ones who are gone and to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Franklin Heights Baptist Church will sponsor four locations along the parade route where spectators can get hot chocolate -- the corner of South Main Street and Floyd Avenue (near the hospital's emergency room entrance), the farmers' market, Franklin Glass and the old depot (community center).