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Holiday Parade Coming to Downtown Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown’s annual Holiday Parade is coming up at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, on Market Street in downtown Elizabethtown; it is to be held rain or shine.

This is the first year that the parade is organized by Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services. Doug Knauss, who is organizing the parade for GEARS, said spectators should not expect big changes.

“If it’s not broke, then there’s no reason to mess with it,” Knauss said.

But Knauss said the parade will be bigger, with 57 groups in it this year, an increase over 2016. The parade entries are to be ranked by a panel of three judges: Janelle Stelson of WGAL-TV, Caroline Lalvani of Elizabethtown College and Elizabethtown Area School District Superintendent Michele Balliet. They are to select the best commercial entry, best nonprofit entry, best walking group and “judges’ choice,” which can be any type of entry.

At the end of the parade, a jolly gentleman in red is to appear and then greet visitors in the structure marked “Santa’s Castle” on Center Square. He is to return there four days a week until Christmas.

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