Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Route for Sanford Christmas Parade

Sanford City Council approved a resolution at its November 17 meeting that amends the traditional route of the Sanford Christmas Parade for 2015.

The parade will be on Monday, December 7 starting at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Sanford. Subscribers to The Sanford Herald can read an article about parade changes here.

Route for 2015

Due to the City of Sanford’s ongoing Streetscape & Pedestrian Improvement Bonds project – which includes construction at the intersections of Wicker, Steele, and Carthage streets – City staff and the Central Carolina Jaycees have changed the 2015 route as follows:
  • The parade will begin at the corner of Wicker and Carthage streets and travel east to Horner Blvd.
  • The parade will then turn left onto Horner Blvd and travel north one block to Carthage Street.
  • The parade will turn left onto Carthage Street and travel west back to Wicker Street.
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Note: The amended route is only for 2015. 

“This is the right decision for where we stand with construction in downtown Sanford,” says Jennifer St. Clair, executive director of Downtown Sanford, Inc. “I’m certain the Central Carolina Jaycees are putting together another stellar event for our community and I applaud their commitment to the safety of all those involved.”

“The Central Carolina Jaycees are excited about the changes coming to downtown and know that next year’s parade will benefit from this year’s hurdles,” says Jaycees' parade co-coordinator Gina Guerrero. “Though the route will be different, we expect the parade to be as joyous and entertaining as it has been for more than 50 years.”

“The Sanford Christmas Parade is a well-loved and highly attended institution in Sanford and we know Sanford will come out to support it,” notes Jaycees' parade co-coordinator Amy Davis.

Street Closures

Staging for parade entries will be along Wicker Street as usual. The following streets will begin closing at 6:00 p.m. where they intersect with Wicker and Carthage streets: Arbor Lane, Tryon Street, King Street, Park Avenue, Circle Avenue, Diffie Street, Hillcrest Drive, Pershing Street, S. Vance Street, and S. Gulf Street.

Detours and barricades will be set up at 6:00 p.m. along the staging route. Traffic will be limited to parade participants and residents of the area. Those locations are along Wicker Street at Legion Road and the U.S. Hwy 1 off ramps.

Traffic on Horner Blvd will not be interrupted until 6:30 p.m.


The parade committee is still accepting entries, Davis says. The deadline to enter is November 24. For more information or to enter the parade, visit the Central Carolina Jaycees’ website or call 919-353-2108.

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