Sweet Nostalgia in Oriental, North Carolina (ONC)

Croaker Festival Parade

Croaker Festival Parade

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Croaker Festival Parade

In Oriental, it’s all about the water.  And during the first weekend in July, Oriental celebrates its favorite saltwater fish, the croaker.   The annual Croaker Festival is a weekend-long old-fashioned Independence Day celebration: regattas, pageants, bake-offs, street dancing, fireworks, and vendors selling lemonade, deep fried twinkles, funnel cakes and a variety of local foods.  The whole weekend is sweet nostalgia; a lovely memory of days gone by. The highlight—  the Saturday morning Croaker Festival parade. Highway 55, the only road into the town, is closed through the small village while crowds line the street waving American flags, riders on the floats toss out candy along the route, and you can still find Opie on his way to his favorite fishing hole.

Croaker Festival Parade

Croaker Festival Parade

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