GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Thousands of people from across the Triad braved increasingly chilly temperatures Saturday morning to witness one of Greensboro's most longstanding holiday traditions--the Greensboro Holiday Parade.
Sponsored by the Greensboro Jaycees in its 37th year, the parade began at noon on the corner of N. Greene and E. Lindasy Streets in downtown Greensboro. More than 100 local schools, businesses, public safety agencies and media outlets--including WFMY News 2--participated in the parade.
To the seven balloon floats' personnel, 15 bands and all other participants and attendees, Lisa Powell, with Greensboro Jaycees, said, "Thank you so much for coming out and participating. We couldn't do it without you guys."
Newly sworn-in Greensboro mayor Nancy Vaughan and her fellow Greensboro City Council members Sharon Hightower and Marikay Abuzuaiter greeted parade attendees while watching the first holiday parade of their 2013 terms. All shared holiday greetings and wished their constituents a happy and healthy holiday season.
Vaughan said, "This is just such a fun morning for everyone to come out and enjoy the floats, the music and the stores that are open down here. I'm just so thrilled to be a part of it, and I wish everybody health, wealth and happiness during the new year."
Abuzaiter said, "Happy holidays to everyone--especially to all of those who braved the cold this morning to come out, watch the parade, watch the Santa, watch all the floats, all of the bands, the children. What else could we ask for in Greensboro? Just a lovely holiday."
Hightower said, "Happy holidays to everyone. Merry Christmas. This parade is the start of a wonderful holiday season. It's going to be a great time in Greensboro. I wish every citizen and the residents of district one a marvelous holiday and a safe holiday, and I hope they enjoy spending time with their families."
WFMY News 2