With less than two weeks to go before the 52nd annual Hatboro Holiday Parade marches into town, organizers say they have raised one-third of the money needed to put on the two-hour spectacle.
“Each year the parade becomes increasingly popular, which means production costs go up as well,” parade organizer Meredith Baker said of the borough mainstay, which has been funded by the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce for the last 36 years. “The Chamber funds all advertising and marketing of the parade, all fees associated with the parade such as performance fees of string bands and marching bands as well as administrative costs.”
Baker said fundraising efforts have so far netted about $5,000 of the $15,000 goal to cover the parade’s various costs. Organizers are working hard to find sponsors for the remaining $10,000, she said.
the two-hour spectacle – including eliminating the grand finale, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus - because of lacking funds.
Yet, with or without enough money, Baker said the parade would march through town on Nov. 18.
“The parade will still go on whether or not we reach our fundraising goal,” Baker said. “Every year, this parade gives us an opportunity to share and celebrate with the residents of Hatboro. I invite the community to witness the marvel of the holidays as the 52nd Annual Hatboro Holiday Parade meanders down York Road to entertain and amaze the young and young at heart.”
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