The streets of downtown Mount Olive were busy Saturday morning as people started showing up early to catch the downtown Christmas parade that kicked off at 10 AM on the dot. From children sitting on the sidewalk to adults sitting in lounge chairs, they waited for the parade to get underway. Most of the children would tell you they hoped to fill their bags up with candy and goodies. This year’s Grand Marshall was Lynn Williams. The Mount Olive parade lasted about an hour.
Mount Olive’s parade followed its Light Up Downtown activities on Friday evening. Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Beck welcomed the crowd, and Mayor Kenny Talton invited the children up to help illuminate the town’s official Christmas tree. Once the tree was lit, the kids had the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.