Blowing Rock Parade
by Kellen Short
Crowds stacked 10-deep in some spots Saturday to witness the Blowing Rock Christmas parade, one of the first community events celebrating the holiday.
The 40-minute march offered visitors from across the state and beyond a glimpse at local personalities that included Blowing Rock Mayor J.B. Lawrence, Police Chief Eric Brown, Rep. Jonathan Jordan and unofficial "town clown" Bobby Ball.
Kids clamored for candy tossed by the armload from wagons and shouted for "Mater," when the "Cars"-inspired rusty pickup passed.
Jaws dropped for the tap-tap-taps of the High Country Cloggers -- and for the decked-out Blowing Rock Police pickup, a drug seizure vehicle now serving the boys in blue.
Creative costumes, including the cast of National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" and Dick and Joan Hearn as the Nutcracker and Mouse King, shuffled through the street with Santa Claus rounding up the line atop a fire engine.
The holiday festivities continue with the Boone Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Dec. 7, as well as concerts, The Nutcracker ballet on Dec. 13-15, visits with Santa and choose-and-cut season.