THE GREATER HATBORO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
THE 47th ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE
"HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN HATBORO"
The parade travels along York Road, north from Newington Drive in Upper Moreland Township to Summit Avenue in Hatboro.
Time: 1:45 pm. Rain or Shine.
Thousands of American flags will greet service men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq when they're honored Nov. 18 at the Hatboro Holiday Parade in downtown Hatboro.
The Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce will distribute some 6,000 flags to parade-goers along the line of march, York Road from Newington Drive in Upper Moreland Township at the south end of the borough to Summit Avenue at the north.
The flags reflect the theme of the 47th annual parade, "Home for the Holidays in Hatboro," suggested by Mitzie McGuigan and her daughter, Katie of Ardsley and selected from entries submitted in a "Name the Parade" contest.
Since the parade traditionally draws more than 50,000 spectators, those attending are urged to bring their own hand-held American flags to add to the 6,000 provided by: the chamber; State Rep. Kate Harper, 61st Legislative District; State Rep. Katherine Watson, 144th Legislative District; North Penn VFW Post 676, Glenside; and VFW Post 6493, Warminster, said GHCC President Bill George.
The two-hour event, which includes about 100 entries and between 4,000 and 5,000 participants will kick-off about 1:45 p.m. with pre-parade entertainment provided by the Dixie Derbys' Square Dance Club and the Timoney Irish Dancers. At 2 p.m., the parade, which travels north from Newington Drive, will be led by several honor and color guard units including: Horsham Township Police Honor Guard; American Legion 308, Willow Grove, Color and Honor Guard; Lower Southampton Township Police Honor Guard; and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, John T. Dempster Jr. Division, Color Guard and Rifle Team, Southampton.
Following will be service men and women and a contingency of about 125 people representing the Gold Star Mothers, an organization of those who have lost a son or daughter in combat. Included in that group will be the Mavericks/MC and other motorcycle clubs from Bucks and Montgomery counties who support the Gold Star Mothers and families in Pennsylvania.
The motorcyclists are among a wide range of groups comprising the parade which will include close to a dozen entertainment groups, from school and string bands to pipe and drum units, dance groups, cheerleaders and clowns. Also participating are fire and rescue units, car clubs, community organizations, youth sports teams, animal rescue units and more.
Also in the line-up will be the "Hatboro Idol," Griffin Ripley, 12, of Abington, a student at Immaculate Conception School in Jenkintown who won the title after outperforming teens and adults alike in a singing competition at Hatboro's Fall Fun Festival in September.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the end of the parade, in a carriage drawn by Belgian horses.
Floats will be judged during the parade as they pass a reviewing stand in front of Miller & Cornell Insurance, 112 S. York Road. Plaques will be awarded to the top three entries in three divisions: Youth, Commercial and Noncommercial.
The parade is made possible by the efforts of some 75 volunteers, led by chamber member and Parade Committee Chairman Timothy Schultz of SEI Investments Distribution Co., Oaks, Pa.