Special Events

Downtown Live!

May 12-September 29, 6:00pm every other Thursday, The Imperial Centre

Bring your lawn chairs for FREE concerts on the Imperial Centre lawn (rain or shine)! Food & beverage vendors on site (no coolers).

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9th Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down

October 7 & 8, Downtown Rocky Mount

The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown is an official North Carolina State Barbecue Championship, and is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. The event is a professional cooking competition based on KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork & beef brisket). Cash awards, trophies and plaques awarded up to 10th place in each category.

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61st Annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade
Christmas Parade

December 4, Downtown Rocky Mount

The 61st Annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade will take place at 3:00 p.m. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting toys for Toys For Tots at the Rocky Mount Christmas Parade. Toys For Tots is this year's parade theme, and the parade committee encourages all participants to create their floats and activities around this theme.

Applications no longer being accepted

2016 Parade Lineup

For more information or if you would like to have your group participate in the parade or to sponsor a parade float or to volunteer, email susan.phelps@rockymountnc.gov or call the Parks & Recreation Department office at 252-972-1159.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation would like to give you the opportunity to promote your company at our exciting events. Our events offer unique settings and many different possibilities to help in the success of your company.

Some of the potential benefits we can offer your company:


Public Address Announcements


Media Advertising
Publicity in Collateral Materials

Presenting Sponsorships

Market Survey
Product Sampling/Sales

Perimeter Advertising


Promotional Display Space


Without the support of individuals and businesses in the community, we would not be able to be as successful. Sponsors bring Rocky Mount and local areas: Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down, Independence Celebration, the Christmas parade and many more special events. If you are interested in sponsoring a special event, please contact the Special Events department at 252-972-1159 or e-mail susan.phelps@rockymountnc.gov.

Become a Volunteer!

Meet new friends. Learn more about your community. Help with community celebrations. Have some fun! There are many ways to volunteer. For more information, call Susan Phelps at 252-972-1159 or email at susan.phelps@rockymountnc.gov.