The 51st Annual Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade, hosted by the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 4 p.m., this Saturday, rain, snow or shine.

This year’s parade is sponsored by Blue Ridge Community College Apprenticeship Program and Transylvania Vocational Services, according to a chamber news release.

This year’s theme is “Peace On Earth.” Chosen by a chamber selection committee, this year’s theme reflects the desires from the community for peace and calm for the world, especially during the holiday season, the release said. The chamber encourages parade participants to explore, embody and decorate their floats in the spirit of the theme.

The grand marshals for this year’s parade are Edith Darity and Susan Threlkel, honored for their integral roles in the creation of the new Mary C. Jenkins Community Center. Both served on the MCJCC City Task Force from 2018 to 2021 that worked with architects to design the building, and they are both currently on the MCJCC Board of Directors and the Rosenwald Community Advisory Committee.

Their goal has been to deliver on the promises of creating a new sense of community, to tell the MCJCC story and to help unify both Rosenwald and the community-at-large. In the spirit of the event, they want people to know that, “Communities matter and, maybe, that is more important now than ever.”

Darity is a local historian and visionary whose heart and passion, for years, has been the revival of the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center.

According to Threlkel, Darity understands and effectively communicates the role that such a facility plays in a community and its significance in a place like Rosenwald. Threlkel is a community volunteer who has been involved in numerous projects in Brevard, some of which led to her 15-year relationship with Darity.

The Master of Ceremonies for this year’s parade is Brevard Mayor Maureen Copelof, who is honored for her service in her public role as she navigates difficult decisions for the overall peace and prosperity of the city of Brevard.

She is also a member of the chamber’s board of directors. Copelof will be stationed near the intersection of Main and Broad streets to announce the parade floats as they go by and to present the first-, second- and third-place prizes to float winners.

The parade will begin at Brevard High School and continue down Country Club Road and Broad Street through downtown, ending at Brevard College. Information on road closures and details for parade registrants is on the chamber website,

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