KANNAPOLIS—A Kannapolis Christmas tradition was previously canceled, but now the event is back on.
Earlier this month, city council members unanimously voted to replace the Christmas parade with a winter festival. That decision sparked a debate between residents, business owners and city leaders which has now been resolved.
The Kannapolis City council voted to not have the traditional downtown Christmas parade. Since the vote Monday, September 13, there's been a fight to get the 74-year old parade back.
“With the loss of the textile mills, just traditions are gone. We've lost that. We've lost a lot of jobs, we've lost a lot of heritage and so we want to try to preserve as many traditions as we can. The parade is one of those traditions that we'd like to try to keep here,” said Ronald Reynolds, of Southern Charm
Since 1936 the parade has traveled through the village and by downtown businesses. But in 2004, to accommodate working families, the parade moved to Saturday night and lights added extra flair.
“The lights on the parade just make us unique and different. Downtown Kannapolis is decorated in Christmas lights and greenery and so all of the floats, whenever you see them turn the corner, you are just awestruck by how pretty these lights are,” said Brenda Drye, with the Cabarrus Events Association.
So from today, the countdown to Christmas and the 74th Parade of Lights begins.