A dreary forecast and steady drizzle didn’t dampen any of the celebratory spirit as the 36th annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade travelled through Davidson and Cornelius in the early afternoon on Dec. 1.

The wet weather limited band participation in the holiday caravan – which still featured 100 entries – but it also created the scenario for a colorful collection of umbrellas, tarps and rain gear lining the route. The conditions also added some coziness to several community gatherings on front porches along the N.C. 115 parade route as well as some creative approaches to claim dry spots to enjoy the event.

For most of the younger parade watchers, the rain didn’t matter as they frolicked in the puddles to get up close looks at a variety of entertainers and seasonal celebrities, including the main attraction himself in the reindeer-pulled sleigh at the end of the procession.



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