Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at the City Government Center to announce the 2019 Holiday Parade that will be held on November 23 at 12 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “Winter Wonderland.

“We are very excited about this year’s parade,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are expecting a large crowd this year along the parade route as we kick off the holiday season.” The parade will include high school marching bands, dance performances, local celebrities, 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. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said.

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 9 a.m. and end at approximately 4 p.m.

Large parade balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, will complete the entire parade route and feature both cold air and helium balloons. Balloon designs include a snowflake, Rudolph, snowman ornament, turkey in traditional pilgrim settler attire, and a snowglobe featuring an elf. 

Five food trucks will be available on Market Street from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. including: 717 Tacos, Knead HBG, Tiki T’s Mini Donuts and More, Get Rollin’ Gourmet Eggrolls and Bartlebaugh Concessions. A carnival game will also be available. 

A parade map and foodie guide are available at harrisburgpa.gov/holiday-parade.

The Market Square Garage will offer a $10 special event rate from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, parade attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 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 the awards ceremony. Awards will be given to the top Dance, Step & Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top High School marching bands. All parade participants are eligible to enter the “Best in Theme” contest to win an award.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Comcast, PPL Electric Utilities, Valve, Belco Community Credit Union, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, and SP Plus. 

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at  [email protected] or 717-255-6535.

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