Mayor Bill Bell announced plans Monday night to bring back the downtown Durham holiday parade in 2016.
Th city discontinued the holiday parade after 2008 due to construction and other challenges downtown, Bell said. But at the City Council meeting Monday night, the mayor said as the state’s fourth largest city, filled with innovators and a variety of other successes, “we ought to be able to have a holiday parade.”
Bell announced that he has created a holiday parade committee that includes City Council members Cora Cole-McFadden, Don Moffitt, Charlie Reece and Jillian Johnson.
He charged the committee to have the parade plan in place so that it can be incorporated in the city’s budget in the summer.
“It’s going to cost money. You don’t get anything free. Even Christmas doesn’t come free,” Bell said. “Especially Christmas.”
In other business, the City Council:
▪ Held a moment of silence to honor R. Kelly Bryant, 98, who died Sunday.
The pedestrian bridge over the Durham Freeway is named for Bryant. He was also a Durham historian and an open space and trails advocate.
At a 2014 ceremony honoring Bryant at the Durham County Library, he was remembered as a Boy Scout leader who pressed to integrate the organization, a driving force to have Durham’s black history recognized and a collector whose preservation of material from that history will be treasure trove for future researchers.
In 2006, Preservation Durham gave him its Bartlett Durham Award, the group's highest honor, for his long-time leadership in historic preservation.
▪ Installed its new (Reece and Johnson) and re-elected members (Bell and Steve Schewel) and said goodbye to retiring members (Diane Catotti and Eugene Brown).