The Greensboro Holiday Parade, after taking a year off in 2020, returns to downtown Greensboro on Saturday, Dec. 4 beginning at noon.

The crowd pleasing Macy’s style balloons will once again fill the air over the parade route.  In fact, if you would like to do more than just watch the parade pass by, Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) still needs some balloon handlers for the 13 Macy’s style balloons in the parade.  You can go to: for more information.

The parade also features professional floats, live performance teams, drill teams and high school and college marching bands.

The Holiday Parade begins on North Greene Street at the East Lindsay Street intersection and travels south to East Market Street, where it takes a sharp left and travels east down East Market Street to Church Street, where it hangs another left and then travels North on Church Street to Lindsay Street.  The parking decks along the route are popular with those who want a good view and don’t mind missing out on the candy.

The 2021 Greensboro Holiday Parade features grand marshals from both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T).

The UNCG singing group 1aChord, who were America’s Got Talent semi-finalists, and NCA&T Olympic Gold Medalist Randolph Ross Jr. are serving as the grand marshals for the parade. 1aChord will be performing while traveling on the grand marshals’ float, but every indication is that Ross will be riding on the float rather than demonstrating his track skills by running along beside it.

DGI President Zack Matheny said, “I look forward to celebrating the incredible achievements of these local college students. From the stage to the track, they have put Greensboro in the global spotlight and deserve to be celebrated by our community.”