POTTSTOWN, PA — In this town, the axiom is simple, ask and you will receive.
Just two days after announcing another $4,000 is needed to put on the Pottstown Halloween Parade, $2,600 in donations and pledges have been received.
The parade — co-sponsored by the Pottstown Rotary Club, AMBUCS and the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department — requires about $4,700 to stage each year, primarily to pay the costs of police protection.
Floats, balloons, marching bands and even a horse-drawn carriage will lead Santa Claus into Scranton this weekend as the Santa Parade once again spreads holiday cheer throughout the city.
Organizers wanted to make the parade bigger and better this year, and it certainly has grown. Stepping off Saturday at 9 a.m., the 21st annual parade will boast at least 20 floats, double the number it typically has. More participants will make the parade more enjoyable, said Mike Gallacher, vice president of finance for Santa Parade Inc.
“The parade’s always great because there’s always great entertainment, but we’re going to have more variety this year,” he said.
This is the first year Santa Parade Inc. organized the parade rather than the Scranton Jaycees, the planner for many years, after members of the Jaycees decided to spin off the parade off into its own group. Jaycees members “age out” of the group when they turn 41, and a lot of people – Mr. Gallacher included – were nearing that milestone and did not want to see the parade dissipate, he said.
Reading, PA – You won’t want to miss the big-time addition to this year’s Holiday Parade in downtown Reading on Saturday. And when we say big, we mean big!
Snowflakes the Snowman will be the first-ever huge helium balloon to hover along the parade route. Measuring 50 feet high and 22 feet wide, Snowflakes will be holding a large bright-blue snow star in his right glove as he makes his way down Penn Street on Saturday morning.
The annual parade will start at 9 a.m. at 11th Street and proceed down Penn Street to Second Street. Free parking will be available at all Reading Parking Authority garages except the Poplar and Walnut garage.
In addition to the debut of Snowflakes, a second, smaller helium balloon in the shape of an antique ornament will be part of the procession, according to Charles R. “Chuck” Broad, executive director of the Downtown Improvement District, which is coordinating the parade.
About 3,500 proud participants will march down Penn Street this Saturday in the Reading Holiday Parade, presented by the Downtown Improvement District.
The Reading Police Honor Guard will lead the parade as it kicks off at 9 a.m. from City Park at 11th and Penn streets. The Reading High School Marching Band will be the first of 10 school bands to fill the air with music.
When the parade arrives at Fifth and Penn streets, it will stop briefly while Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer lights the Christmas tree and the Menorah. Then the parade will continue to its conclusion at Second and Penn streets.
“We expect more than 11,000 spectators,” said Barb Tarczynski, who celebrates her 25th year as parade chairperson this year.
The Downingtown Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th and will run along Lancaster Avenue. For more information, call 610-269-4203 or visit their website www.dtownchristmas.com
The Coatesville Lukens Historic District Holiday House Tour will take place today, December 9th from 4pm to 7pm. The event is free. Donations are requested. For more information, call 610-384-9282 or check out their website www.lukensnhd.org.
If you love Christmas, and all things associated with it, the place to be tomorrow is Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, November 19th is the Wilkes-Barre Christmas parade plus a fun-filled day of holiday activities in the city. The best part of all is that it is FREE!
The fun starts at 10am with the showing of A Christmas Story at Movies 14, downtown. If you bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots, you get in FREE!
From noon until 1pm, you can enjoy a free Christmas concert by the King’s College Cantores Christi Regis Singers in the lobby of the Ramada, also downtown.
At 1:30pm there is a concert at the F.M. Kirby Center. The YOUniveristy Suzuki Strings will be playing in the lobby. Come out and show your support for these young people!
At 2:00pm there is a Christmas Carol sing-a-long on Public Square.
From 2:00pm until 6pm there will be holiday face painting on Public Square. That will cost you $5.00 per face :)
At 3:15pm the main event begins. The Christmas Parade featuring Santa, floats, music and tons of fun begins at South and S. Main Street. There are four divisions this year.
Immediately after the parade, there will be a tree lighting ceremony on Public Square. There will be photos with Santa for $5.00 to benefit Valley Santa, courtesy of Boscov’s. There will also be complimentary (free) hot chocolate from the Salvation Army and the Wilkes-Barre Lion’s Club.
The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association sponsored a window decorating contest this year (Window Wonderland) and over 40 businesses have decorated their windows to add even more holiday spirit to this year’s event!
It’s Christmas time in the city!
The annual Harrisburg Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Harrisburg on Saturday, November 20th.
The parade starts on City Island at 10 a.m., then travels over the Market Street bridge into downtown Harrisburg.
The parade, which marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day holiday season, will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, commercial floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons and specialty units.
If you are looking for some family fun this Saturday, check out the Harrisburg Holiday Parade.