Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles & Ingles JingleFest
The holiday season in Asheville officially kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the 68th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, on November 22 beginning at 11am. The parade begins on Biltmore Avenue and South Charlotte Street, heads north to the Vance Monument, then west on Patton Avenue ending about South French Broad. The performance stop is located at the Vance Monument at the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Patton Avenue.
Caleb Johnson, winner of American Idol and Asheville native will be grand marshal, in a float sponsored by Mission Health.
The Asheville Holiday Parade rolls, marches, and dances through downtown with nearly 100 entries from area nonprofits, schools and businesses. See a list of accepted entries here.
Following the parade, is Ingles JingleFest at the U.S. Cellular Center from noon-5pm. Ingles JingleFest will feature nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy houses, kid’s activities, and of course, photos with Santa.
A handmade holiday craft market will also be held in the concourse area, featuring local crafters and artisans.
Parade Grand Marshal, Caleb Johnson, will stop by Ingles JingleFest for a meet and greet with area fans and sign autographs. Also during the event, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows will honor Johnson with a Congressional Record for his significant contributions to North Carolina.
A native of Asheville, Johnson’s first album Testify pays tribute to his lifelong obsession with Southern soul, classic rock, and heavy metal. Johnson’s versatility is on display tearing through blistering barnburners, blues-soaked rock numbers, and heart-on-sleeve ballads. Written and recorded in just three weeks, Johnson co-wrote nearly every song on the album. Testify features Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, former Nine Inch Nails/Guns N’ Roses drummer Josh Freese, and guitarist Phil X (a multi-instrumentalist who’s previously played with Rob Zombie and Tommy Lee).