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Holiday festival to replace Durham parade

Posted November 8, 2010

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— The city of Durham is switching its holiday party plans, doing away with a longstanding Bull City tradition.

Since the 1940s, people have lined the streets of downtown to watch the Durham Holiday Parade, but dwindling attendance and participation prompted city leaders to switch this year to a downtown festival they are calling the Holiday Fun Fest.

“We wanted to revamp the event to make sure we kept the components of the parade but provided a more inclusive event,” said Cynthia Booth, with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department.

The Fun Fest will include a parade with Santa Claus and bands, but it won’t be as big as it used to be, she said. Added to the celebration are snow sledding, a petting zoo, food vendors and a tree-lighting ceremony.

The city will also use the event to collect food for the needy and to send holiday messages for troops serving overseas.

The Fun Fest is set for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. Events will also be happening at the Durham Armory, at 212 Foster St.

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  • delilahk2000 Nov 9, 2010

    THIS IS GOING TO FAR. IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. PC IS GOING TO FAR. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE DON'T LIKE IT THEN DON'T COME. AS FOR ME I WILL BE SAYING (MERRY CHRISTMAS), TO BAD IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT.

  • GMS919 Nov 9, 2010

    No matter the name, parades are boring and antiquated. Ironically, much like Christianity itself.

  • vigilanty Nov 9, 2010

    This mess INFURIATES ME!!!! You'll are all right-they are taking Christ out of EVERYTHING!!! And NOW they want to take it COMPLETELY out of Christmas, of which without him there would be NONE!!! The spirit of Antichrist is growing stronger and stronger in this world!! It won't be long until Jesus Christ comes back and takes the saints home!!

  • dixieboy Nov 9, 2010

    There'll be a traditional parade in Bahama... Yee-Haa!!!!!!!!!!

  • dmccall Nov 9, 2010

    It sounds like by ignoring CHRISTMAS you are actually EXCLUDING more people than ever.

  • UNCfuturealumi Nov 8, 2010

    I agree with you 'rswain'..Taking Christmas out of everything..well, they can call in the cops..they took the Bible out of schools and put in armed police. Will not be attending your Holiday fest either..

  • RGMTRocks Nov 8, 2010

    pedwards8 - I wasn't around during the 40's and 50's but as a small child in the 70's I remember great parades and also stores downtown. I think maybe you used a key word when you said the Raleigh CHRISTMAS parade. The majority of people in Durham and elsewhere in America celebrate CHRISTMAS and when you take away the Christmas from the parade, it definitely loses its luster. Other holidays have parades named for the holiday that they represent. Somehow, Christmas has become an 'unacceptable' holiday to some minority group of people, so apparently we can't have that anymore without offending them. I'm offended that I can't seem to have Christmas anymore in public, so NO, I won't be participating in Durham's 'inclusive holiday celebration'. As scubagirl said, BAH HUMBUG to Durham!!!!

  • foster208 Nov 8, 2010

    This is so sad. I also grew up going to the Durham Parade and riding on floats in the late 50's, early 60's. Looks like Raleigh still has the old fashioned type parade. I will be there this year.

  • Scubagirl Nov 8, 2010

    NO PARADE????????? guess they'd rather have vendors so that they can MAKE money.

    Bah humbug!!!!!!

  • 3779LRRP Nov 8, 2010

    I use to go to the parades in the 1940's and 50's. That was something to see. After the parade, the stores along main street would start staying open until 9 PM until Christmas. There were no shopping centers. I was downtown today and I only saw a few people walking the sidewalks along main street. Time and suburbia took a toll on The City of Durham. The parade over the years lost its luster and personnel to watch it. Now the Raleigh Christmas Parade is a different entity.