The city of Wilson has nearly 2,000 residents and a whole lot of Christmas cheer, says Mayor Frank Schaaf. And though annual holiday cheer is self-admittedly not the largest affair, he thinks it’s one to remember.
“It’s a small parade, but it’s a good parade,” Schaaf said. “There are tractors, four-wheelers and a little bit of everything. Lots of people always come out for it.”
The town of Wilson will hold their annual Christmas parade this Saturday, with the lineup of marchers beginning around noon. Attendees can expect the event to kick off around 1 p.m. starting on Eagle Lane, eventually reaching American National Bank on U.S. Highway 70.
Schaaf said anybody interested in marching in the parade with a festive float or vehicle can show up around noon for a spot in line. Though a specific number for marchers was hard to come to, Schaaf said about 80 percent of the community typically shows up for the annual Christmas parade in Wilson.
“It’s a welcoming sight with Christmas just around the corner,” Schaaf said. “It’s been going on ever since I’ve been here -  for 17 years now. I don’t know if it’s grown or not, but we’ve always had new things as part of it.”
Schaaf said attendees should keep a close eye out for Saint Nick toward the end of the parade at the Wilson Public Library on U.S. Highway 70. Santa Claus and company will be parking their sleigh there for children to have a photo-op with the man from the North Pole.
“Everybody’s more than welcome to come,” Schaaf said. “And if they want to put something in this parade, too, then even better.”