Thursday, November 20, 2014
Elizabethtown is prepared to kick off the holiday season in style
Santa Claus will arrive in downtown Elizabethtown once again this year as part of the annual holiday parade at 6 p.m. this coming Saturday. The theme is "A Storybook Holiday." Unlike last year, the weather forecast looks to be clear, albeit a little cold with temperatures in the 30s. But it's a holiday parade, and it's supposed to be cold, right?
If you've never experienced the parade, it is one of the largest community events, with thousands of people -- many of them youngsters waiting for parade participants to hand out candy and get a peek of Santa -- jammed into downtown. As of Monday, borough staff reported that there were 52 groups entered to participate -- from fire departments and marching bands to community organizations and churches.
We did decide to hold the parade earlier than in the past, thanks to an encounter with snow last year that canceled the parade. I personally received several complaints, and I believe my fellow councilmen did, too. We had typically held the parade on the first Saturday in December, but with the inclement weather last year and that first Saturday being a week into the month, it was difficult to reschedule. We should be in good shape this year with the November date and a rain/snow date of Dec. 6.
If you are keeping tabs on how to get around town during the parade, participants will line up on Bainbridge Street toward the Dove Chocolate factory. The parade will proceed onto Market Street and through the square and end at Hummelstown Street. Traffic will be able to get around the route by using Spruce Street.
I hope you can make it to the parade and help us get the holiday season kicked off in Elizabethtown in style!