November 13, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced the details of this year’s holiday parade which will be held noon Nov. 17. in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “A Storybook Season”.
“This year’s parade promises to be one of our best ever,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “We extend a cordial welcome to people from throughout the region to join us in launching a memorable holiday season.”
This year’s parade will include high school marching bands, musical acts, vintage and classic cars, theatre groups, decorated floats and costumed characters.
“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsor—  Visit Hershey & Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Without its  support, we would not be able to organize such a wonderful parade.”
The parade route is as follows: Market Street to Second Street, Second Street to North Street, North Street to Front Street, Front Street to City Island. Road closures will begin at 7 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m.
Large parade balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, will complete the  parade route and feature a 32-foot- tall gingerbread man, a pair of vintage ornaments, a giant candy cane and a turkey in traditional pilgrim settler attire.
New this year, parade attendees can visit two live reindeer from Spruce Run Farm on State Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The experience will allow parade attendees to see the animals up close, take photos and learn about the animals.
Ten food trucks will be available on Market Street and State Street including: Dough Head Waffles, Brasil on Wheels, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Up In Smoke BBQ, The Pretzel Spot Café, Bricker’s Famous French Fries, Soul Burrito, the Dawg Pound, Triple Ceez Chicken Wings and Bartlebaugh Amusements. Carnival games and food trucks will be available on Market Street and food trucks on State Street.
A parade map and foodie guide are available at
The Market Square garage will offer $10 all day event parking for the parade. In addition to the discounted garage rate, parade attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to four hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.
Following the parade, join Santa for hot chocolate and cookies in Strawberry Square, while supplies last, followed by an  awards ceremony. Trophies will be awarded to the top Dance, Step & Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top high school marching bands.
In another new attraction this year,  parade participants are eligible to enter the “Best in Theme” contest to win a trophy.
Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Belco Community Credit Union, Klock Entertainment, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, PPL Electric Utilities, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Turkey Hill and SP Plus. 
For more information, contact Joyce Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call
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