If the Downtown Greensboro Festival of Lights is Friday, Dec. 1, that means the Greensboro Holiday Parade is Saturday, Dec. 2.

The two downtown events back to back doesn’t give the city much time to clean up after the Festival of Lights to get the downtown sparkling for the Holiday Parade.  Fortunately, the Festival of Lights centers on Elm Street and the Holiday Parade is on Greene, Market and Church streets.

The Greensboro Holiday Parade starts promptly about noon Saturday, Dec. 2 at the intersection of North Greene and Lindsay streets on Saturday, Dec. 2, rain or shine.  The parade progresses south on North Greene Street to West Market Street where it turns and travels east on Market Street to Church Street and then north on Church Street back to Lindsay Street.

The Greensboro Holiday Parade will once again feature huge Macy’s-style balloons, as well as professional floats, dance and drill teams, middle school, high school and college marching bands, Santa Claus and much more.

The Grand Marshal of the 2023 Greensboro Holiday Parade is long-time general manager of the Greensboro Grasshoppers Donald Moore.

President and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Inc. City Councilmember Zack Matheny said in the press release, “We are thrilled to have our friend, Donald Moore, headline this year’s parade as Grand Marshal. He has contributed so much to our community’s growth and there is no better person to embody the spirit of Greensboro.”

Moore served as general manager of the Greensboro Grasshoppers from 2001 to 2023 and is currently the president emeritus of Greensboro’s professional baseball team.

Moore said, “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as this year’s Grand Marshal. It’s not just about the festivities; it’s about celebrating the spirit of Greensboro. As someone who grew up in this community, being part of its growth and success has been an absolute privilege – on of the greatest in my life. Similar to the camaraderie within the Grasshoppers family, this recognition embodies the remarkable teamwork and community spirit that define our city. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Greensboro for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead this parade as we round third and head towards home in the heart of our wonderful city. I’m excited to continue contributing to all that makes Greensboro so special during this festive time of year.”