COMMUNITY NEWS

Come to Downtown Concord November 22 and 23 for the Tree Lighting and Parade
Monday, November 4, 2019

CONCORD – Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2019 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 22nd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 22. Sponsored by Atrium Health and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Click here for an event flyer.

The evening of fun in Downtown Concord builds up to the Tree Lighting in Bicentennial Plaza. Activities will be focused in the area between Church Street S, Union Street S, and Means Avenue SE. Cabarrus County is providing the launch location for the fireworks show in Parking Lot 2 between Church Street S and McCachern Boulevard SE. The Bicentennial Parking Lot will close at 12:00 noon, and Cabarrus County Parking Lot 2 will close at 3:00 p.m. the day of the event. Union Street S between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues will be closed to all vehicles during the event.

While the growth of the event has exceeded the ability to safely offer horse and carriage rides, we are excited to bring ice skating as a new amenity! Free public parking will be available in several locations, including all levels of the Cabarrus Avenue parking deck and the new Cabarrus County Parking Deck at Corban Avenue SW and Spring Street SW. Additional parking locations will be available; click here for an event parking map.

Event Highlights:
6:00: Motorized trolley, visits with Santa in City Hall, ice skating (new!), and children’s activities begin
6:30: Opening ceremony
6:40: Music from Irvin and Coltrane-Webb Elementary Schools
7:05: Performance from Summit Dance Company
7:30: Performance from Dance Expressions
8:00: Music from The Fuzz Bucket Music Company
8:30: Tree lighting and fireworks!

The fun continues Saturday at the 91st annual Cannon Pharmacy Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 23, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. The City of Concord is sponsoring the parade’s Bands. Prior to the start of the parade, the Santa Scramble 5K will follow the parade route and finish at McGee Park. To accommodate this event, the McGee Park parking lot will be closed on Saturday, November 23. Residents can access McGee Park from either direction of the McEachern Greenway or the Downtown Connector. The parking lot will reopen on Sunday, November 24.

Each year, Parade Marshals have been chosen from the local community for their leadership and contributions to Concord. The 2019 parade will salute former Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley and his wife, Cindy. Riley was born and educated in Concord, and joined the Sheriff's Office in 1990. He was appointed Sheriff in January 2001, and elected to four-year terms in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014—retiring at the end of 2018. He received many awards during his career and served on the boards of many local, state, and national professional and community organizations. An alumnus of Appalachian State University and NC A&T State University, he and his wife have two adult children.

This year's parade welcomes special guest, David Whisenant and his wife, Jtan. A WBTV reporter and anchor since 1992, he primarily covers areas north of Charlotte, including Cabarrus, Iredell, and Rowan counties. He has covered hundreds of local stories for WBTV. You can also hear him on Memories Radio 98.3-FM/1410-AM. An ASU Mountaineer, David and Jtan reside in his native Salisbury, and their family includes son Kyle and his wife Anna, and granddaughters Ava and Maisie. David is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Salisbury.

For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit cabarrusevents.org.