King Apple Parade

Asheville Highway going south will be closed at Fleming Street for Parade setup. Traffic will be routed down Fleming Street. Unfortunately, these road closures will not allow for the pre-parade of antique vehicles. Please note the following:

  • Parade Entries will continue to enter Oakland Street off of US 64 West (Brevard Road). Our staff will be there to assist you. Drop-offs can be at the Oakland Street entrance or on Fleming Street only.
  • Professional Floats will be relocated to a closed Asheville Highway – facing south at the old Boyd Parking Lot. They will be placed on the closed roadway facing south. All drop-offs for the Professional Floats must be made on Fleming Street due to road closure.
  • Fire Trucks and other Emergency Vehicles will also be placed on Asheville Highway facing south.

The King Apple Parade is one of the highlights and the closing event of the North Carolina Apple Festival. It is held on Labor Day each year. This year’s parade will be on Monday, September 4, 2023, at 2:30 pm. At the parade there will be professional floats, bands, youth groups, fire trucks, and many others participating in this event that will draw over 60,000 individuals. Our goal is to produce a “spectacular finale” for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival.

In keeping with the overall family-oriented atmosphere that prevails throughout the four days of the festival. We aim to achieve this by bringing a “down-home” type apple-oriented parade by celebrating the contribution the apple and the apple industry has made to our community.

Please be reminded that we host a “Family Friendly” Parade.

No inappropriate signage or displays will be allowed.