8 0


December 16, 2014

Holly Days and annual parade light up downtown Kinston

Holly Day Celebration activities—shopping, dining and lighting the community Christmas tree—set the stage for a bright December highlighted by the annual Christmas parade viewed by thousands of residents and visitors.

When the switch was thrown Dec. 2, 2014 for the community Christmas tree, all the holly trees lining Queen Street came to life. Ceremonies, led by emcee Rick Vernon, included Kinston High School band, Arendell Parrott chorus, Boys and Girls Club chorus, Gordon Street Christian Church bell choir, and local pageant winners Chasity Carraway, Miss Kinston-Lenoir Outstanding Teen, and Gracyn Murphy, Kinston-Lenoir Outstanding Mini Majestic Miss, and Walt Disney princesses.

Promotion of day-long shopping and special events Dec. 2, 2014 was prologue for the Dec. 13, 2015 parade featuring some 113 units—bands, floats, specialty acts and Santa Claus. It took 90 minutes to complete the Queen Street route under a brilliant sky, witnessed by one of the largest crowds in recent years, waving and cheering as the long parade passed by.


Owners of Sweetiepies Cupcakery at 211 N. Herritage hosted an afternoon streetside party December 2, 2014 for the young and young-at-heart as part of the 2014 Holly Days celebration. Brightly decorated store windows at Adriana's across the street added to the party's festive appeal.

Parade organizers Martha Bishop, Lea Jeffress and Debra Oliver with help by the Parks and Recreation staff declared the parade a major success, in part due to a large roster of community participants.

Santa Claus was in a good mood, and seemed to promise all the good children along the route that they would get full stockings and everything they wanted under the Christmas tree on December 25.

The arrival of Santa Claus was eagerly awaited by all the young and young-at-hearts along the Christmas parade route Saturday, December 13, 2014.

(Photo by Scott Bowen)

Planning underway for 10th edition of Run for the River

The 10th anniversary for Kinston’s Run for the River has been set for March 28, 2015. A planning group, headed by Jeremy Jones of the little bank, has begun meeting to lay the groundwork for a 5K, 8K and One Mile Fun Run.

Mission of the race, which was launched in 2006 by Pride of Kinston, is to attract area residents and visitors to Kinston’s downtown. A year ago, the little bank joined with Pride to help produce the event.

It has been reported that 63% of competitors in the 2014 8K race, 4.97 miles, came from outside Kinston. Forty-seven percent of those competing in the 5K race came from beyond Kinston’s borders.

The race weekend includes an evening (March 27, 2015) briefing and dinner for the sponsors, runners and volunteers at the Community Council for the Arts.

Runners in the 2014 race came from all over North Carolina as well as from Virginia and Pennsylvania. Winners take home prize money. The fastest 2014 runner was from Chapel Hill who ran the 4.97 miles in 23:31. Medals and cash rewards are presented to a large contingent of competitors.

Partnership leads to new street signs

A creative partnership organized by two business leaders has crafted new and attractive street signs along the Herritage Landing shopping district in downtown Kinston.

Business leaders Terry Andrews and Dan Sale encouraged local shop owners in the district to help pay for new signage. Welding students at Lenoir Community College helped mold the signs and employees of the City of Kinston helped with installation.

Observers and city leaders have applauded the two men’s leadership and have expressed delight with the new designs. More aesthetic improvements for the street are on the way, according to some reports.



"The vision of Pride of Kinston, Inc. is a downtown on the banks of the Neuse River that serves as the gateway to Eastern North Carolina. Our appreciation of history guides our future and promotes the magic to grow business, recreation, and the arts."

Show your PRIDE!

Order your Kinston license tag to display on the front of your automobiles. Click a plate to download a printable order form for the plate you want...

All-America City     Chartered 1762



Pride of Kinston

Subscribe to
Pride's E-Newsletter...


Newsletter Archives

December 16, 2014
Holly Days and annual parage light downtown Kinston

November 18, 2014
The 8th Holly Day Celebreation Set to Kick Off on Dec. 2nd, 2014

August 29, 2014
Herritage Landing Businesses Welcome Customers

August 8, 2014
More Changes in the Air

July 31, 2014
Major new developments
Underway Downtown Kinston

July 21, 2014
Kinston streets a picture of past, present and future

June 27, 2014
Pride hosts 3rd Sand in the Streets And elects new 2014-2015 officers

June 13, 2014
The Embers and fans dodge rain squalls to launch Pride's 30th anniversary

May 29, 2014
Sand in the Streets to Acknowledge Prides 30th Anniversary

April 16, 2014
More Downtown Kinston News

April 1, 2014
Another Kinston Race in the Record Books

March 24, 2014
9th Annual Run for the River Poised to Take Off

March 6, 2014
Another Business Set to Open Downtown Kinston

January 1, 2014
2013 Downtown Kinston Report

December 2, 2013
"A Chef's Life" brings more than food to Kinston's table

November 20, 2013
Shop Small Business Celebration Set for Saturday, November 30, 2013

October 18, 2013
Spricing Up Queen Street for the Holiday Season

October 11, 2013
Downtown Opportunity Abounds

September 13, 2013
Much activity in Kinston's downtown

September 3, 2013
Sand in the Streets closes out it's 2013 Season

August 8, 2013
Women Influencing Much of Kinston's Retail Development

July 23, 2013
New Signage for Downtown

July 12, 2013
CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center

July 5, 2013
Kinston's July 4th events drew impressive audiences

June 24, 2013
Herritage Street Stores Set Saturday Hours

May 17, 2013
A Report: Pride of Kinston Downtown Update

May 9, 2013
Sand in the Streets Concerts Begin June 6

April 29, 2013
2013 Clean Up Day Report

April 1, 2013
8th Run for the River now in the record books

March 14, 2013
Kinston 8000: Run for the River

March 1, 2013
Campaign to attract more customers launched by downtown Kinston coalition

January 14, 2013
2013 Run for the River Planning Underway

Please visit our Newsletter Archive page for a listing of available older newsletters from 2006-2013.


Run for the River

2014 little bank-Pride of Kinston 8000 Run for the River

Mar. 29, 2014

Run for the River Click here for 2014 Results!


HomeHistoryIn the NewsThings to DoReal EstateAbout Pride

Pride of Kinston • 327 North Queen Street • Kinston, NC 28501• (252) 522-4676
Located in the Kinston Enterprise Center