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North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade – December 3

by | Nov 24, 2022

The North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3.


North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade
The 40th annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade begins on the corner of Griffith and Main streets in Davidson on Saturday, December 3, at 1:00 p.m. and proceeds south on Main Street (Hwy. 115) to Old Canal Street at the entrance to Antiquity in Cornelius. The streets being used for parade staging (Jackson and Watson from Depot to Delburg, Griffith from Main to Sloan/Beaty, and southbound Main from Beaty to Griffith) will close beginning at 10:00 a.m. Main Street from Beaty Street in Davidson south to Catawba Avenue will close at noon and will re-open at approximately 3:30 p.m. North Main Street from Concord to Jackson will remain closed following the parade through the conclusion of Christmas in Davidson events that evening.

For more information on the parade, including detour maps, please visit

Parade Grand Marshals, sponsored this year by Lake Norman Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep: Chief Penny Dunn (Davidson) and Chief Kevin Black (Cornelius) 

Police Chief Penny Dunn will serve as Davidson’s Grand Marshal in the parade.

The Town of Davidson is pleased to honor retiring Chief of Police Penny Dunn. Chief Dunn served the Davidson community for over five years, strengthening the department significantly. Dunn’s experience in law enforcement included work in several areas including criminal investigation; day and night shift and specialized unit (including the K-9 unit) command; narcotics; employee recruitment; and cold case investigation. Town Manager Jamie Justice noted, “At a time when police departments across the county are under increased scrutiny, it has become clear that the Davidson Police Department holds itself to the highest standards. This is not only evident in the department maintaining certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), but by Chief Dunn working diligently to create a structure in the department that allowed more leaders to step forward, increased accountability, and strengthened the foundation upon which our next Chief of Police can build.”

The Town of Cornelius is pleased to honor retiring Chief of Police Kevin Black. Chief Black has served the Cornelius Police Department with distinction for three decades, having come to Cornelius in 1993 after completing a degree in Criminal Justice from Mitchell Community College and risen through the ranks from patrol officer to sergeant, captain, and major. “Chief Kevin Black has served the Cornelius Police Department well for nearly 30 years, and the announcement of his retirement follows many years of outstanding service to our town,” said Mayor Woody Washam. “I thank Chief Black for his many years of service.”



Road Closures:
Main Street (Hwy 115), from Beaty St. in Davidson to Washam-Potts Road in Cornelius, will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Additionally in Davidson:
Griffith Street (from Beaty St. to North Main St.) will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please look for detour signs to connecting roads to Hwy 115. Jackson Street will be closed at 10:00 a.m. from Depot Street to N. Main Street.  Watson Street will be closed at 10:00 a.m. from Depot Street to Delburg Street. For alternate routes, or additional information, please contact the Davidson Police department.

 Additionally in Cornelius:
 Catawba Avenue will be shut down prior to Hwy. 115 (Intersection of Main Street), and tractor trailers will not be permitted east of Hwy. 21 on Catawba Avenue.  For alternate routes, or additional information, please contact the Cornelius Police Department.

Line-up takes place between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Any vehicle that arrives before 10:00 a.m. must have the driver on site.  All parade participants must be in their assigned position no later than 12:00 p.m.  All streets will be close no later than 12:30 p.m., with some streets in the staging area closed earlier. Please see the attached map for position instructions. Staff will be on-hand to assist you in finding your assigned spot.
Inclement Weather Information:
The parade will go on, rain or shine.  However, in case of severe weather conditions, please go to the town’s Facebook page or call the weather hotline at 704-940-9637 for information. This line will be updated at 9:00 a.m. on December 3.

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