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Santa arrives downtown at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 1, 1950

on a Brevard fire truck.

Community-wide holiday festivities have long been an
important part of small town traditions. 
In Transylvania County both Brevard and Rosman light up their main
streets and hold an annual parade with floats, marching bands, and the arrival
of Santa Claus.

In Brevard Christmas parades became a part of the holiday
season following WWII.  In 1947 the
Ecusta Band escorted Santa as he rode in on the new fire truck to open the
festivities.  He greeted children,
receive their wish lists, and gave out candy. 
 Christmas carols were enjoyed and
stores stayed open late for shoppers.  This
was the practice for the next four years.  

Floats were added to create a full-scale Christmas parade in
1952.  The first floats were on large
flat-bed trailers that were elaborately decorated.  

With the addition of floats in 1952 Santa’s reindeer and sleigh

made their debut in the Brevard Christmas parade.

The Community Development Clubs from eight Community Centers in the county constructed this float for the 1962 parade.  Riding on it were young ladies from each community including Mary Owen–Balsam Grove,

Evelyn Barton–Cathey’s Creek, Barbara Jane Foote–Cedar Mountain, Gaye Whitmire–Dunn’s Rock,

Virginia Powell–Eastatoe, Martha Sue Mackey–Little River, Paulette Farmer–Pisgah Forest, and Sandra Smith–Sapphire.

Following a short gap when it appears there was not a
Christmas parade in Brevard the current run of annual Christmas parades
sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, local merchants, and later the Heart of
Brevard, began in 1971.

The first Twilight Tour featuring carolers, musicians,
carriage rides, a visit from Santa, and special sales at downtown stores was
organized in 1987.  Twilight Tour grew
quickly and in 1990 the annual Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour were

Rosman’s annual Christmas parade dates back to at least the

This 1970 Cathey’s Creek Community Center float was in the Rosman parade.

If you have photographs from past parades in Brevard or
Rosman, particularly of floats, that you would be willing to share please
contact the Local History Room at the Library. 
We can scan your photos and return them to you. 

Photographs and information for this column are provided
by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library.  Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs.  For more information,
comments or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-3151 X242.

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