Everything you need to know about the Harrisburg Holiday Parade in 2021.


Everything you need to know about the 2021 Harrisburg Holiday Parade.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Harrisburg Holiday Parade to cut back on its annual citywide celebration last year.

Visitors could drive their cars through City Island while watching the parade participants in the “reverse parade” of 2020.

However, this year’s parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov.

The number 20 is back in full force in the heart of downtown, with the theme “Merry and Bright” to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

According to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, the parade route is 1.5 miles long, providing plenty of room to socialize while safely kicking off the holiday season.

Beginning at 10 a.m., visitors can witness all of the action firsthand.

The parade begins at Front and Market streets and travels south to Second Street, then north to North Street, north to Front Street, and front to City Island.

The road closures will start at 7:00 a.m. and end around 2:00 p.m.

Giant parade balloons, marching bands, dance and musical acts, local celebrities, decorated floats, costumed characters, and Santa Claus are among the parade’s traditional highlights.

Central Dauphin High School Marching Ram Band, Center Dauphin East High School Marching Band, Harrisburg High School, Shippensburg Area High School Marching Band, and Susquenita Blackhawk Band are among the featured marching bands competing for cash prizes.

There will also be competitions for dance and step teams.

Heavenly Impact, Next Generation Twirlers, Nu’Vizion Step Team, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Susquehanna Dance Academy, Tie Dye Twirlers, and Wevodau Dance Center are among those who have signed up.

The large parade balloons change every year, and this year’s were provided by Starbound Entertainment, a company based in Pennsylvania.

Daniel Tiger, Buddy the dino, a nutcracker, and Rudolph are among the designs.

The marching bands, dance acts, and best-in-theme group will be judged by a group of local journalists.

Tom Russell of CBS21 News, Janel Knight of ABC27 News, Barbara Barr of WGAL News, Matt Maisel of FOX43 News, and Christine Vendel of INFOSURHOY make up the team.

If you’re one of the thousands planning to visit the parade route on Saturday morning, here are a few things to keep in mind.

To begin, arrive early to allow time to find parking and find your way to an appointment.

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