The Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is celebrating its 32nd year in 2023, and the annual event will be held on Saturday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m.
The parade originated in 1991 with local fire trucks and emergency vehicles, a handful of impressive floats, a mini horse, and a grand finale of Santa Claus riding high on a boat.
Immediately a hit with residents and participants alike, there has been a parade almost every year since the original 1991 event, with the exception of post-Isabel 2003, (when there was an “unofficial” parade with Red Hat Society women and a collection of kids on bikes), and 2020, when the parade was canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In 2022, roughly 35 entries signed up for the parade, and organizers anticipate an equally large number of participants in 2023.
Because of this, the setup for the event will be a little different this year, with two staging and launching points at area parking lots near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum before the march begins.
On parade day, the island community is invited to line the streets of Hatteras along the route, which extends from Teach’s Lair Marina to northern Eagle Pass Road, to watch the floats and catch candy. The parade is always a fun annual event that brings everyone out to celebrate, and Santa’s arrival at the end rings in the Christmas season.
Click here to view highlights from the last Hatteras Village Parade, which was held in 2022. For more information on the parade and other Hatteras village events, visit https://www.facebook.com/HatterasVillage/.