12 Best Parades in Western NC You Must See

A great way to see a town is by joining in on local events and traditions. And parades in Western NC bring both things together for everyone to enjoy! Add to the enrichment of your holiday vacation in Western NC by seeing some of these small-town parades.


12 Great Parades in Western NC

Asheville Holiday Parade

One of the most festive activities for any holiday or event, everyone loves a good parade. Check out the Asheville Holiday Parade to see bands, dancers, cheer squads, and other participants parade through downtown Asheville.

Tryon Christmas Parade

This parade route is located on Trade Street in downtown Tryon.

Black Mountain Parades in Western NC

Black Mountain Christmas Parade at Black Mountain Town Square in early December. They love having good old-fashioned small-town fun. There will be treats and excitement for everyone.

Weaverville Christmas Parade

A small-town holiday celebration parade in downtown Weaverville on Main St. There are floats, bands, performers, and more! Visit the Town of Weaverville on Facebook to get updates on exact dates and times.

Highlands Christmas Parade

You probably won’t see llamas at many parades, but this one has them! And camels marching along too. See creative floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus! Celebrate 40+ years of Christmas parade tradition in Highlands, North Carolina!

Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

The town of Blowing Rock puts on a two-day Christmas celebration. On Friday, take photos with Santa, play carnival games, take a hayride, and enjoy live music. Later, watch Lighting of the Town as the town comes alive with holiday lights. On Saturday, they have the Christmas parade filled with costumes, animals, and floats marching down Main Street!

4th of July Parades in Western NC

Montreat Fourth of July Celebration

In previous years, the town kicked off celebrations with their annual Gate Race 5k early in the morning. At 10 am, a flag-raising ceremony with the Star-Spangled Banner and a short parade. Then, a full day of activities to celebrate the holiday, ending with a dance later that night. One of Montreat’s favorite holiday events of the year.

Hendersonville 4th of July

Organized by Hendersonville and Merchants & Business Association, this free parade starts the town’s celebrations off for the day. At 10:30 am, you can see the parade along Main Street from Caswell to 6th Avenue. Later that evening, enjoy live music, food trucks, games, giveaways and so much more! Then, of course, an exciting fireworks display to end the evening!

Waynesville Stars and Stripes July 4 Celebration

They have the Patriotic Kids Parade held in downtown Waynesville. Supplies are provided to the kids to decorate their bikes, wagon, and baby strollers for the parade from the courthouse down Main Street. The parade ends with an ice cream social.

Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebration

Family fun fireworks, floating wish lanterns, a parade, a family square dance, and concerts are all activities you can enjoy for the Lake Junaluska 4th of July.

Brevard Independence Day Community Celebration

The pinnacle of summertime is Brevard’s Fourth of July celebration and all-day festival. With a car show, local food vendors, an art showcase, kid’s activities, and The Sycamore Cycles Patriotic Bike Parade, there is something for everyone.

Marion Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

Celebrate in downtown Marion with a parade at 6 pm, street dancers at 7 pm, and fireworks at dusk. They have a spot in their parade reserved for “anything that rolls!”

More Exciting Events in Western NC

If you’re looking for more ideas of things to do, check out more Western NC events.

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