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Join the City of Harrisburg for the annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 20 at 10am. This year’s theme is “Merry & Bright.” The parade will feature giant parade balloons, marching band and dance team performances, decorated floats, characters, Santa Claus and more. The parade takes place on Front and 2nd Streets from Market to North. After the parade, head to Strawberry Square to meet Santa, enjoy FREE hot chocolate and cookies (while supplies last) and find out the marching band, dance/step/drill team and Best in Theme winners. Marching bands are awarded $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd place along with trophies. The top three dance/step/drill teams receive trophies and the Best in Theme winner receives a $100 Amazon gift card and trophy. Also while in the City, be sure to grab lunch from one of the many terrific restaurants and get some holiday shopping done at the shops and boutiques.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10 a.m. – Start of parade

Following the parade – Announcement of parade winners, free hot chocolate & cookies (while supplies last) and Santa Claus at Strawberry Square

3-5 p.m. – All You Can Inc invites the community to join them for a free Thanksgiving dinner after the parade from 3-5pm at the bus station at 2nd & Market Street. Follow their Facebook event for all information: https://www.facebook.com/events/4488927684524761.

PARADE ROUTE:

– The parade takes place on Front and 2nd Streets from Market to North. The route begins at the intersection of Front and Market Streets, proceeds on Market St., turns left on 2nd St., turns left on North St., turns left on Front St. and ends where it began at Market St.

PARKING/TRANSIT:

– The code LUVHBG can be used to receive 4 hours of free street parking in the Downtown area.

– The Market Square Garage is $10 from 8am-8pm courtesy of Park Harrisburg.

– The Market Street bus stop is directly beside the parade route and the train station is just 2 blocks away.

ROAD CLOSURES:

– The Market Street Bridge will be closed starting at 7 a.m.

– 2nd Street and Front Street will be closed from Market to Forster Streets starting at 7 a.m.

SPONSORS:

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, T-Mobile, Cargill, Capital Blue Cross, UPMC, Belco Community Credit Union, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, JP Lilley, Fox Pest Control, Staybridge Suites, CBS 21, Park Harrisburg

Share your experiences with us using #HolidayParadeHBG.

PARTICIPANTS

If you are interested in providing a parade entry at the 2021 Holiday Parade, please complete the application below by Friday, October 29. We will begin to send acceptance notices on Monday, October 11 so we recommend applying prior to that for best consideration on acceptance.  

If you would like to submit an entry for a decorated float, marching band, dance/step/drill team, walking group or vehicle, please complete this application.

EXPLORE THE CITY

CITY ISLAND

Plan a day of family fun on City Island! Take a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, play a round of mini golf, tour the island aboard the City Railroad or enjoy a snack from Cafe Huey on their riverside deck. The island is also home to the Harrisburg Senators baseball team.

DINING IN THE CITY

The City is home to many restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines. Find a place to get lunch and dinner after the parade at www.explorehbg.com/restaurants-nightlife

VISIT HERSHEY HARRISBURG ADVENTURE TRAIL

The VHH Adventure Trail highlights outdoor experiences for Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and Family Fun. Go for a stroll on the scenic 21 miles of the Capital Area Greenbelt, explore 8 trails at Wildwood Park, paddle along the Susquehanna River or head just outside the City for more adventures.

View all stops on the VHH Adventure Trail at visithersheyharrisburg.org

BREW BARONS BEER TRAIL

Participate in an interactive craft beer adventure in Harrisburg & Hershey. The trail features over 20 breweries, including 3 that are in the City. Be sure to download the Brew Barons Beer Trail app on your phone and check in as you visit each brewery to earn prizes. For full details, visit www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/things-to-do/beer-trails. See below for a list of breweries in the City.

Appalachian Brewing Company  |          Boneshire Taps at SOMA  |  The Millworks    The Vegetable Hunter  |  Zeroday Brewing Co. 

MURAL TRAIL

Harrisburg has 40+ murals to help brighten your day and boost your spirits. Explore Sprocket Muralwork’s Harrisburg Mural Trail to get a little inspiration, morale boost, and good old fashioned exercise. Get the map at www.sprocketmuralworks.com.

PLAN YOUR STAY

With so much to see and experience at the event and throughout the City, consider staying for the weekend to maximize your visit. View nearby hotels and bed and breakfasts in the City at www.explorehbg.com/stay

SPONSORS

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting this event! It would not be possible without your support.

The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Holiday Parade. This event will offer exposure to a diverse crowd of local residents and regional visitors alike. Please review the sponsorship packet and contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or mmroby@harrisburgpa.gov for more information about sponsorship opportunities. We are happy to create custom sponsorships to meet your needs. 

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Parade Sponsor - T-Mobile
Parade Sponsor - Cargill
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Community Sponsor - Belco Community Credit Union
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JP Lilley - Community Level
Fox Pest Control - Community Level Sponsor
Supporting Sponsor - Staybridge Suites
CBS 21 - Media Sponsor
Parking Sponsor - Park Harrisburg

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