Taking a cue perhaps from Santa Claus himself, the organizers of the Hatboro Holiday Parade are bringing jolly old St. Nick and the more than 2,000 participants from the north for the Nov. 18 festive trek through town.
The Hatboro Borough Council on Monday unanimously approved the reversal of the 52nd annual parade's route - heading southbound instead of northbound on York Road.
Officials from the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce - the entity that has put on the parade for the last 36 years told the council earlier this month that the reversed route would be faster and would help with traffic congestion.
The two-hour-long parade, which draws upwards of 50,000 spectators, would begin where it had previously ended, at Summit Avenue on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.
How you can help
Fundraising is ongoing for the Hatboro Holiday Parade. The Chamber is selling a $10 card that would provide for discounts at more than a dozen borough businesses.
Since the parade is funded solely through sponsorships and donations, Chamber Operations Manager Meredith Baker said sponsorships and donations are being sought to cover the $10,000 to $12,000 expense.
Volunteers are also being sought on parade day to assist in the staging area and along the parade route. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Baker at email@example.com or call the Chamber office at 215-956-9540.