Thousands of viewers lined NC 115 in Cornelius and Davidson Saturday afternoon to watch nearly 3,000 marchers in the 31st annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. The march began with the Hunting Creek Farms Clydesdales pulling a wagon full of lucky riders, and included marching bands, dancers, public officials, fire trucks, a float with elected officials and even Santa Claus.
The parade Grand Marshal was Pam Maier, who was recently given the Town of Davidson’s annual Jack Burney Community Service Award. She rode in a shiny black sports car near early in the parade.
The march is organized Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department and Davidson Fire Department.
Roads were closed into and out of the Davidson and Cornelius downtowns for several hours. Detours were marked but, in at least one case, mismarked. Signs on South Street in Davidson pointed drivers heading toward NC 115 Southbound into the Antiquity Cornelius neighborhood. But as authorities had announced in advance, roads there were closed so that parade marchers could feed into Antiquity to conclude the parade. Drivers who followed the sign leading down South Street into Antiquity were backed up trying to get out to NC 115, and some became angry when police wouldn’t let them pass, according to one resident who was there.
See the parade page on the Town of Davidson website for more information.
Nov. 19, 2013, “And the 2013 Burney service award goes to … Pam Maier.” – Read more about Grand Marshal Pam Maier.
See more photos in Brenda Barger’s Dec. 10, 2013, Around Davidson column. Click here.