Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg will produce a Reverse Holiday Parade on November 21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on City Island, Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Holiday.”
In a reverse parade, the parade entrants are stationary. Rather than large groups of spectators gathering along City streets, parade attendees will remain safely in their vehicles and drive by Santa, decorated floats, favorite characters, music, businesses and other organizations that will be stationed along the loop around City Island.
“We are very excited for this year’s reverse parade,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors as we kick off the holiday season in a safe way.”
Vehicles can enter City Island via the East or West Shore from the Market Street bridge. The parade entrance will be in the North Lot. Vehicles will enter where the batting cages were previously located and proceed right around the island (opposite direction as a normal day) and exit down the ramp. The first 150 vehicles will receive a goodie bag of candy, toys and items from the parade participants. All other spectator vehicles will get a free candy bag while supplies last.
The last vehicle will be permitted to enter promptly at 12 p.m. There is no entrance fee for vehicles and all spectators must be in vehicles. No pedestrians, bikes, etc. will be permitted for safety reasons. For those who can’t attend in person, a live stream of the parade will be viewable on WHBG Channel 20 and the City’s Facebook page at 9:45 a.m.
A parade map is available at harrisburgpa.gov/holidayparade.
“I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said. The 2020 Reverse Holiday Parade sponsors include T-Mobile, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Belco Community Credit Union and Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District