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‘Tis the Season Spectacular to debut Wednesday

SALISBURY — In its holiday debut, Salisbury and Spencer’s ‘Tis the Season Spectacular parade will hit the streets Wednesday with more than 120 entries.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. in downtown Spencer and 3 p.m. in downtown Salisbury, using the same route as its predecessor, the Holiday Caravan.

Parade organizers said the aim for the first parade is diversity. They sought out participants to represent all aspects the Rowan County community.

Nancy Stanback will be the grand marshal. Stanback and her late husband, Bill, are longtime patrons of the Rowan County arts community, as well as health, education and other community initiatives.

Food Lion is the presenting sponsor as well as a parade participant.

All six local high schools will be represented by marching bands and homecoming queens. The parade will feature dignitaries and “so much more,” said organizer Shari Graham.

Buddy Poole of WSAT radio will broadcast live from the Salisbury Square starting at 1 p.m. He will conduct interviews as entries pass.

Hotwire Communications will televise the parade, and a recording will be shown on Access 16 channel. The parade will be live-streamed on YouTube and available on YouTube to watch later.

Reserved seats are available along the parade routes in Spencer or Salisbury for $5. Check for availability by calling 704-638-3100 or visiting the Rowan County Visitors Center at 204 E. Innes St.

A sampling of additional floats includes:

• Parade sponsor float featuring the Salisbury Swing Band

• Livingstone College Marching Band

• The MoonGlows, sponsored by Wallace & Graham

• LUG Nut and Charlotte Motor Speedway

• Greesey Breeches with Charlotte History Alive and Pipe Drum Corps

• Divided by Four, sponsored by Griffin Guitars

• Miss Brooklynne Witherspoon, Officer Rebecca Sexton and McGruff

• Sir Purr  of the Carolina Panthers

• Miss North Carolina Laura Matrazzo

• Novant Health with Sweet Potato Queens

• North Carolina Transportation Museum’s Polar Express

• Oasis Highlanders bagpipers

• Oasis Rag Tops

• Piedmont Pistons

• Rowan Helping Ministries

• Sacred Heart Catholic School

• Salisbury Academy

• Catawba College Mind, Body and Soul

• Spotlight Dance

• Triple Threat

• Steppin’ Out Dance

• A Brown Calliope & Antique Truck

• Jacob Johnson, Nashville singer

• Santa and Mrs. Claus

• Hispanic Coalition featuring mariachi band and salsa dancers

• Vietnamese Golden Dancing Dragon

• Salisbury Fire Department World Trade Center Float

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