Grand Opening Line-up

Wondering who’s in the Grand Opening History Parade? Curious about afternoon attractions? Here’s a sample of what to expect.

Everyone loves a parade!

Among those coming down Main Street in the 10am parade will be the Bull City Brawlers Roller Derby Team, costumed bagpipers, Durham’s own Tobacco Queen, and Civil War re-enactors. Rolling along with floats from Hayti Heritage Center, NC Pride Parade and Festival and Sam’s Quik Shop will be antique cars, a “biker bar” and Organic Transport vehicles – all to the beat of the Hillside Hornets Marching Band. Traveling from the Old Courthouse on East Main Street to the History Hub, this parade promises to be a group as eclectic as Durham itself.

Full line-up:

Bennett Place Historic Site: Bennett Place Color Guard

Biker Bar NC: Stanley Steamer

Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team

Bull City Brawlers Women’s Roller Derby Team

Duke Homestead Historic Site: 2013 Tobacco Queen

Durham County Library North Carolina Collection

Hayti Heritage Center

Hillside High School Marching Hornets

Johnson-Lexus of Durham

Museum of Durham History

NC Pride Parade and Festival: Proud as a Peacock

NC State Pipes and Drums

Organic Transit: Environmental Prosperity

Lawrence and Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund

Local Owners of Vintage Vehicles

Sam’s Quik Shop

The Scrap Exchange

SunTrust Bank

University Ford

And everyone loves a fun afternoon!

Between Noon and 5pm, emcee Jatovi McDuffie will introduce a musical potpourri including The Famous Jordanaires, NCSSM Jazz Ensemble, Blue Star Travelers, Kamara Thomas, TROSA Band, Heart of Carolina Chorus, Immaculata Catholic School Liturgical Choir, Durham Ukulele Orchestra and Durham Academy’s In the Pocket. A Bare Theatre acting duo and storytellers Dorothy N. Clark and Beverly Fields Burnett will keep you and your family spellbound with their words. Mr. Rainbow the Clown will make you laugh without a word at all. And the Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Bouncing Bulldogs may teach us some new moves. Wander the grounds and let cartoonist VC Rogers draw your caricature for a small Museum donation, and requested donations will be lower for subjects in historical costume. Get creative with the Durham Comics Project, learn from artisan demos of yesteryear skills, drop by the authors’ table for a signed book on local history, or pose as part of a historic photograph. And have we mentioned the raffles? Everyone who visits the History Hub exhibits will get a free ticket to enter one of four raffles with fabulous prizes, with extra tickets available for just $1.

Bring your lawn chair because we’re SURE you’ll want to stay for hours! Food trucks CJs Street Food, Joe’s Diner, The Parlor, and a Coca-Cola truck will be on site.

Full lineup is below:

Time Event Location
11:30am-11:45am Ribbon Cutting Gazebo Stage
11:30am-5:00pm Jatovi McDuffie, Emcee On the Grounds
11:45am-12:05am The Famous Jordanairs Morgan Street Stage
12:00pm-5:00pm Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre On the Grounds
12:00pm-5:00pm Durham Comics Project On the Grounds
12:00pm-5:00pm Photograph Opportunity: Historic Durham On the Grounds
12:25pm-12:45pm Blue Star Travelers Morgan Street Stage
12:45pm-1:05pm Dorothy  N. Clark:  Professional Storyteller Gazebo Stage
12:45pm-1:15pm Make an Old Fashioned Rag Doll:  Hosted by Jennifer Farley of Duke Homestead On the Grounds
1:00pm-3:00pm V. C. Rogers, Caricaturist On the Grounds
1:10pm-1:30pm Immaculata Catholic School Liturgical Choir Morgan Street Stage
1:30pm-1:50pm The Heart of Carolina Chorus Gazebo Stage
1:50pm-2:10pm Durham Ukulele Orchestra Morgan Street Stage
2:00pm-2:30pm Learn to Churn Butter:  Hosted by Jennifer Farley of Duke Homestead On the Grounds
2:10pm-2:30pm Mr. Rainbow the Clown Gazebo Stage
2:30pm-2:50pm NCSSM Jazz Ensemble Morgan Street Stage
3:00pm-3:20pm The Bouncing Bulldogs In front of Morgan Street Stage
3:00pm-3:20pm Kamara Thomas Gazebo Stage
3:00pm-4:00pm Book Signing:  Starter Durham History Book Collection On the Grounds
3:25pm-3:45pm TROSA Band Morgan Street Stage
4:00pm-4:20pm Bare Theatre Gazebo Stage
4:15pm-5:00pm Durham Academy’s In The Pocket Big Stage
4:40pm-5:00pm Beverly  Fields Burnette:  Professional Storyteller Gazebo Stage



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