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    Parade Anybody?

    Pisgah Area SORBA is looking for people to be "Bike Marshals" for the 60th annual Asheville Holiday Parade. The parade takes place on Saturday November 18 at 12:00 noon. As a volunteer bike marshal you would be responsible for escorting the various floats, bands and performance groups along the parade route thru downtown Asheville. On your bike of course!

    The parade lasts approximately from 12:00 to 6:00. Then there is an optional after party at Wild Wings. For your efforts you get to be in the parade and you will receive an official parade marshal's red tee shirt to wear.

    You MUST be at least 16 years old (those 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult). You DON"T have to be a Pisgah Area SORBA member to get into the parade. It should be a whole lot of fun, PM me if your interested.

    For more info check out the parade website LINK

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    Did you mean to say 12:00 to 6:00 ????? That's a heck of a parade!

    I've stumbled across that parade in the past, and it's kind of cute, old-fashioned, small-town, earnest feeling...kinda un-Asheville-like in a way.

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    LSC -

    The actual parade "time frame" is about 2+ hours. Considering all the logistics, it is best to plan on a six hour day. I would imagine it will be closer to four. (That doesn't include any post-parade beverage tasting.)

    A city festival called Light Up Your Holidays will kick off that evening with all sorts of events as well.

    I'm not much of a holiday person, but give me a reason to decorate a bike and a chance to play in the streets - and Weeee.


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    In all reality you would not be required to stay until 6:00. When we met with the parade organizers they explained it like this:

    Everybody meets at the start of the parade route at 12:00 for orientation. Each bike marshal is set up with 3 or so groups (ex: a marching band, a float, a performance group, etc...) then you shepherd your 3 groups down the parade route. There are two TV locations on the route where the groups stop momentarily to do their thing on TV. Once you reach the end of the parade route your done. So if your in one of the first groups you would be finished very early. The last group in the parade is expected to finish at 4:00. But things happen and sometimes the parade runs a bit longer than expected.

    The organizers said something like 100,000 people show up in Asheville for this parade. That sounded like an exaggerated figure to me, but I've never been so I don't know. It is definitely the second largest crowd in Asheville. Second only to Bell Share.

    At this point we really need some people to step up and volunteer for this thing. It's a way to promote our sport and have some fun at the same time.

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    Bump for the weekend crowd.

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    Bump! Were still looking for people to marshal the parade. On Bikes!

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    Wish we could commit but we will have multiple family members in town...will keep it in mind if maybe they want to go to the parade!

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    This isn't going to be your "Traditional Department Store" event - it's Asheville for crying out loud. They do things just a little bit different here.

    http://www.thelaurelofasheville.com/1106/images/095.gif

    Along with the expected parade entries, there'll be a giant Jack of the Woods Green Man, which makes obvious sense for kicking off the holidays. Not too sure how the live (as opposed to what?) pizza throwers figure in... 'cept maybe DOUGH balls.


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    I'm going to be in the parade. Anybody else?

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    Mountain biking on the streets of Asheville, what a concept. I'm in, from day one.

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    Yea, I'm thinking it maybe safe to mount antlers on my mtn bike or maybe were at least an elf hat.

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    Still time to get in. The parade is tomorrow at noon but if you contact me today I can get you in.

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    What a great way to kick off the holidays - toasting the upcoming season with Santa Clause and a cold beverage. Our official photograph is forthcoming.

    Thanks to all who participated!!!



    For you local folks: Charter Cable Channel 10 has the Pritchard Park view and several of us are at visible at one point or another. The Star of the broadcast was Maida7. He gets a recognizable camera op about an hour and a half into the coverage. You can even see the Pisgah Area SORBA sign.

    They are re-broadcasting it throughout the weekend.

    This isn't a high dollar Macy’s Parade. The cable coverage has a very homegrown feel and is like viewing would be from a spectator perspective. Regardless - it was alot of fun.
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