Santa is the star of area's holiday parades

Santa arrives in Manteo to kick off the holiday season.

Santa is always the star of any holiday parade — and the Jolly Old Elf is busy again this year making multiple appearances on the Outer Banks and surrounding communities.

In Manteo, the fun begins at 10 am. Saturday, Dec. 1, with a performance by the Jazzmen band. Santa will be joined by marching bands and myriad festive floats for the town’s A Christmas to Remember-themed parade, which steps off at 10:30 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies Della Basnight will introduce each float as it processes in front of the grandstand of the Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue. The parade route starts at Manteo High School and ends at the College of the Albemarle. After the parade, the kids can visit with Santa at the Manteo Elementary School’s Winter Wonderland sponsored by the PTO.

Anyone who would like to enter a float in the parade can pick up a registration form at Town Hall and on the Town of Manteo website under the tab “special events.” Each parade entry must be decorated based on the parade’s theme.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

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