Elkin will be host to two separate parades Friday afternoon, as Elkin High School prepares for its annual homecoming game and Elkin Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week.
The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. as the homecoming parade leaves the parking lot of the high school on Elk Spur Street headed toward downtown.
Organizer Tonya Smith said the line of participants will travel down Main Street from west to east and then circle around on to Standard Street and head back to the high school.
Usually lasting about an hour, the parade will include the band, cheerleaders, last year’s homecoming queen, the class and club representatives riding in convertibles, followed by younger youth league cheerleaders.
While candy can no longer be thrown from the vehicles, Smith said some participants may choose to hand out candy along the route.
Once the homecoming parade clears downtown, headed to the high school for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff against North Wilkes High School, area fire departments will line up on Standard Street for their own parade of lights.
Elkin Fire Chief Matthew Crawford said the Emergency Services Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. from Standard Street and proceed up North Bridge Street to the north end of town.
The parade will end in the parking lot of Ingles and Belk, where emergency services vehicles will be on display, including a visit from AirCare medic helicopter from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. AirCare is expected to land around 7:15 p.m.
The parade, which in the past had been an annual event, is a way the fire department emphasizes National Fire Prevention Week, which ends Saturday. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn.”
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