The City of Harrisburg and T-Mobile will present a Reverse Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 21 from 10am-12pm on City Island. In a reverse parade, the parade entrants are stationary and spectators drive by in their vehicles rather than gathering in large groups along the street. There will be decorated floats, characters, bands, businesses and other organizations that will be stationed along the loop around City Island. There is no entrance fee for spectators or participants. Spectators must be in a vehicle (see height restrictions below) or utilize the free Belco Community Credit Union Shuttle Bus. The first 150 vehicles will receive a goodie bag of candy and items from the parade entrant participants. Plan to arrive early, the last vehicle will be permitted at 12pm. This is a shine event only. In the case of inclement weather, the parade will be rescheduled for Saturday, December 5. While the parade format has been modified, we look forward to keeping the holiday spirit alive for residents and visitors.
Belco Community Credit Union Shuttle Bus
Vehicles are required to participate in the reverse parade. If you would like to walk or bike to City Island and board the FREE Belco Community Credit Union Shuttle Bus, please use the Market Street Bridge to enter City Island. For safety reasons, the Walnut Street Bridge will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. The shuttle bus stop will be located in the South Parking Lot (parking garage side). Properly worn masks are required during the shuttle through the parade loop and social distancing will be in place while seated on the bus. Commonly touched areas will be disinfected between shuttle trips. The first shuttle will depart at 10am and the last shuttle will depart at 11:30am.
Vehicle Clearance Restrictions
The height restriction to enter the parade is 9 feet. If you have a vehicle over the height limit, please plan to arrive at 9:30am for special accommodations into the parade loop. Please note, there will be a wait time until 10am to access the parade. Vehicles with height restrictions arriving after 9:30am WILL NOT be permitted to enter the parade.
Participate in the Parade
It is free to participate in the parade and the application deadline is October 9, 2020. Parade entrant groups will be assigned a space a minimum of 25 feet from other groups and a safe distance from any travelling vehicles. Groups are not permitted to disburse candy or other items to cars, but can choose to provide 150 giveaway items to event staff by November 13 for inclusion in the goodie bags that will be disbursed to attendee cars. The 2020 parade theme is “Hometown Holiday.” We encourage you to show us what makes holidays in the Harrisburg area special to you! The entry that best exemplifies this theme will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.
The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Holiday Parade. Sponsors receive extensive media coverage, guest speaker opportunities, promotional listings on marketing materials, virtual offerings and more. Sponsorship opportunities offer exposure to a diverse crowd of local residents and regional visitors alike. Please contact Megan Roby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
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