Jacksonville holiday parade to kick off season with floats, Santa Clause

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Western Boulevard will be full of high school marching bands, floats, dancers and Santa Clause himself Saturday during Jacksonville’s annual holiday parade.

The parade is bigger than last year’s, with nearly 200 entries for parade-goers to enjoy.

Floats are designed to fit the theme of Christmas through the eyes of a child, and spectators can choose their favorites in a contest.

“It brings a lot of people together,” said Kristine Loflin, Onslow County tourism manager. “Let’s you get out and really gets you started going for the holidays.”

It will also cause some roads to close for its duration.

Police will block off Western Boulevard from university drive to N.C. 24 from 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade.

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