Your guide to tonight's Rock Hill Christmas Parade

12/01/2010 12:00 AM

12/03/2010 12:53 PM

Crowds will line Oakland Avenue and the streets of downtown Rock Hill tonight for the city's annual Christmas parade. Here's a guide to the parade, slated to roll at 6:30 p.m. near the campus of Winthrop University.

Where you can watch

The parade route begins at Oakland Avenue and Stewart Avenue, proceeds down Oakland, turns right onto White Street, left through the Wachovia parking lot, left onto Main Street and up Main Street, ending at the municipal parking lot on Elizabeth Lane.

Main Street is typically packed with crowds. For less crowded viewing, try Oakland Avenue, White Street or the Wachovia parking lot.

Street closings

To prepare for parade assembly, police will close Oakland Avenue from Cherry Road to Stewart Avenue beginning at 2 p.m.

The municipal parking lot on Elizabeth Lane will be closed all day except for CATS park-and-ride patrons.

The entire parade route will close at 5:45 p.m. until the parade has safely passed. For questions, call the city at 803-329-5620.

Parade highlights

Homemade and commercial floats lit with hundreds of lights will join high school marching bands, Scout troops, churches, safety patrols and beauty queens.

This year's grand marshal is the Angel Tree presented by the Salvation Army.

Returning favorites include the pipers and drummers from the Oasis Shrine Highlanders and the Oasis Steel Drum Band.

Be sure to look for Herald staffers on The Herald's float this year.

Food vendors will set up in the Black Street parking lot with entertainment on Main Street before and after the parade.

Chilly weather

The parade is canceled only for extreme weather. Forecasters call for clear skies with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.

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