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Holiday Caravan will allow short performances during this year’s parade

SALISBURY — The Holiday Caravan Parade has changed course and will allow dance groups and bands to stop and give short performances.
The parade’s board of directors modified a long-standing policy that prevented troupes and bands from stopping or slowing the procession with performances.
Starting this year, performances lasting no more than 90 seconds will be permitted in front of the judging area in Spencer and at the reserved seating area in Salisbury.
The Holiday Caravan Parade is held the day before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday shopping season.
The board also changed the procedure for crowning of Miss Holiday Caravan. A dinner dance will be held Oct. 26 at the F&M Trolley Barn, where the 2013 queen will be crowned.
This dinner will serve as a fundraiser for the non-profit parade. Tickets can be ordered online at www.holidaycaravanparade.com or by calling 704-636-5335.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., the dance starts at 7 p.m., and the crowning will occur around 8 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 for a couple and $15 for individuals and are only available by advance reservation.
Admission for the dance only will be available at the door for $5. Business casual attire is suggested.
The Holiday Caravan Parade is accepting applications for Miss Holiday Caravan, and the deadline is Sept. 27. The selection process includes review of answers on the applicant’s questionnaire, as well as a popular vote via the Holiday Caravan website and social networking sites.
Also new this year is the addition of scholarships for two runner-ups, as well the winner. The Miss Holiday Caravan Queen will have a choice of a $750 educational scholarship or $750 donation to any non-profit charitable organization. The first runner-up will receive $500 and the second runner-up will get $250.
No entry fee is required to compete for the title of Miss Holiday Caravan. Individuals who want more information and applications should visit www.HolidayCaravanParade.com or call 704-636-5335.
This year marks the 54th anniversary of the Holiday Caravan, known as the Carolinas’ “loveliest and liveliest parade.”
Food Lion is returning as the presenting sponsor, however many other sponsorship and parade entry opportunities are available. Many local businesses choose to purchase professionally designed and decorated floats at the annual sale, which occurs Oct. 19 at the Rowan County Rescue Squad. More information about sponsorship and floats can be obtained by calling the parade office.

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