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Hatboro Holiday Parade Activities Set

Organizers are anticipating 3,000 participants for Hatboro's 52nd annual holiday parade on Nov. 18.

The Hatboro Holiday Parade will march into town on Sunday with great fanfare.

For spectators, that means 100 units participating - or approximately 3,000 participants walking and riding into town - according to parade organizer Meredith Baker. 

The parade route has been reversed from recent years and will begin at York Road and Summit Avenue and continue southbound to Newington Drive.

Besides the challenge of a new route, the parade had faced economic challenges as well. Earlier this month, Baker told Patch that the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce was , and, just two weeks ago, had been $10,000 short of that goal. 

On Tuesday, Chamber President Joe Tryon, who also serves as president and CEO of Hatboro Federal Savings, told Patch that the money is in hand. 

"Once again the Hatboro community has come through with the funding necessary to have our annual holiday parade this Sunday," Tryon said. 

The crowds of thousands will see three mummers bands (Aqua String Band, Old Trilby String Band and Polish American String Band); as well as high school marching bands, floats, scout groups, civic organizations, fire trucks, police cars and community dignitaries. 

Paul "BigBear," a long-time parade participant and Abington-based entertainer, is this year's grand marshal. His "The Party Continues" float will join the Hawaiian Holiday-themed procession.

But, before the two-hour holiday spectacle gets underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, those in attendance can enjoy pre-parade events featuring two canine groups, along with Dixie Derbys and Timoney Irish Dancers, Baker said.

As is the parade's tradition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will drive into town in an elaborately decorated wagon pulled by two belgian horses. Of course, since Santa will be there, kids will want to come with letters and Christmas wish lists in tow.

"Our friends at UPS will be collecting letters for Santa Claus," Baker said.

Liberty 1 November 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
How many of those pain in the neck vendors will be licensed to patrol and annoy?? They are the main reason why we stopped going years ago with the trash talking spectators that come from NE Philly and other surrounding towns.
Cora Rowe November 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
So glad the parade received funding. It's so nice of the local businesses to step up. Ho Ho Ho !
Hatboro Mom November 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Very nice comment Liberty 1. I grew up in the area and then my husband and I bought our first home in NE Philly. Great neighborhood! We have moved back to the Hatboro area. The parade has been a tradition for our children. We have heard trash talking from locals while sitting with our children. Hmmm maybe we were sitting next to you. LOL Your comment is trash talking and you should be ashamed. P.S. As much as we know the vendors can be pricey and annoying , we also know it is a parade and the kids love the little vendor items. Guess you never received an item from those vendors as a kid.
Hatboro Mom November 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Yes indeed it is!
Joe Caetano November 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
@caetano30: Bring canned food to parade today! Scouts collecting donations from Hatboro Parade goers as we walk in the parade / http://t.co/mmX70NC8

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