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Santa himself, nearly 200 floats in Christmas parade Saturday

Photo | Visit Lake Norman

Nov. 29. A four-decades old North Mecklenburg tradition, the holiday parade down Main Street from Davidson to Cornelius, is Saturday. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain, but temperatures will be near 60.

The parade, with nearly 200 floats, will go on rain or shine.

Santa will attend

Santa comes to the parade every year | Photo: Visit Lake Norman

Participants range from the Cornelius Lemley Color Guard and North Meck High Marching Band to Davidson United Methodist Church and Cub Scout Pack 19.

The final float is reserved for the big man himself, Santa Claus. He’s No. 191 in the line-up.


The parade gets underway in front of Davidson College on Main Street in Davidson at 1 pm, concluding in downtown Cornelius by about 3 pm.

The route is lined with spectators, making for a fun event for spectators and participants alike.

Be prepared for road closures: Main Street (Hwy 115), from Beaty St. in Davidson to Washam-Potts Road in Cornelius, will be closed from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

For a list of all participants, click here.

The Big Day at the Lake float | Photo by Jan Black