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City of Reading’s Annual Holiday Parade Preview

by Tajon Whiten, Alvernia University

City of Reading’s Annual Holiday Parade Preview

Penn Street is coming alive with the annual Holiday Parade on Nov 23rd. This event will take place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is very family-oriented.

The event is organized by the Reading Downtown Improvement District and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Reading.

The parade will feature colorful holiday floats along with holiday-themed music by local school and community bands. The theme the parade will follow is Old Fashion Holidays. This is a great way to get people out of their homes and bring the community together. Kids will also be participating in the creation of the floats while they’re in school. This will give kids a chance to connect with other children from various schools in the area.

The parade will also have rules and regulations the floats and decorations will have to follow. To start, your float is only allowed to be Fourteen feet high and is not allowed to feature Santa Claus or a political sponsorship. This is because there will already be a Santa featured in the parade and having multiple will just confuse kids. The performance areas will be at 5th & Penn streets for the groups to perform. Each group will be allowed two minutes to perform and they will also be recorded by BCTV.