Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Monroe on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21) to enjoy the 68th annual Union County Christmas Parade. Last year, the parade was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, it was clear to see that people were enthusiastic about attending the parade again.

The parade is a fundraiser for Alliance for Children, a nonprofit which supports the youngest children in the county by providing resources and programs through funding from private donors, fundraising events and grants as well as funding from Smart Start and NC Pre-K.

Among Alliance for Children’s goals is to prepare kids for Kindergarten. Their programs focus on quality of life, health, family support and professional development for caregivers.

To learn more about Alliance for Children, go online to: