Shriners return to Blowing Rock

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Article Published: May. 22, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 3, 2013
Shriners return to Blowing Rock

The Oasis Shrine color guard marches in a previous Blowing Rock parade.
Photos courtesy of the Blowing Rock Visitor Center



The WNC Oasis Shriners are returning to Blowing Rock May 31 through June 2, bringing with them their Summer Ceremonial and parade.

This marks the fourth time in five years that the Shriners have held the two events in Blowing Rock.
The traditional Shriners Parade will take place along Main Street, Blowing Rock, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, providing residents and visitors a musical and visual treat.

The Summer Ceremonial will bring hundreds of members of the Charlotte-based WNC Oasis Shrine together for a weekend of activities to celebrate the induction of new members.

Chetola Resort will be the Shriners’ host hotel, but attendees will fill hundreds of additional rooms throughout the town. Blowing Rock merchants will be offering specials and discounts to the visiting Shriners, and the Shriners will set up a trailer in Memorial Park to provide information about their philanthropic work in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“Having the Shriners in town is great fun for everyone, but along with the fun is an infusion of tourist dollars that benefits us all, whether or not we watch the parade,” said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. “The return of the Oasis Shrine and its Summer Ceremonial is a boon to town merchants, hoteliers and restaurateurs, and we’re grateful for their repeat visitation.”

The Saturday parade will include the Shriners’ little cars, Oasis clowns, Gator Patrol, Dune Cats and Scooter Patrol, along with the Oasis Band.

For more information on the Oasis Shriners, visit http://www.oasisshriners.org.

Information on the Shriners Hospitals for Children can be found at http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

Additional Images

The Oasis Shrine color guard marches in a previous Blowing Rock parade.
Photos courtesy of the Blowing Rock Visitor Center

‘Oasis Nascart’ carts zoom by on Main Street in Blowing Rock.

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