HAMBURG — This year’s Hamburgh Holidays Santa Claus Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. The theme will be “welcome neighbors,” a variation of the town of Hamburg’s motto: “The town that friendship built.” Parade coordinators have extended the invitation to neighboring communities, to participate.
The parade will begin at the Union-Pleasant Elementary School on Union Street and continue east and north on Main and Buffalo streets.
Judges will award prizes for the “spirit of the parade,” second place and “best business float.” Honorable mentions will also be noted.
Parade Coordinators Eileen Hotho, Katie Mika and Greg Salerno said that they often get questions about whether or not residents or groups from other towns outside Hamburg may participate in the parade.
“The answer is a resounding yes,” Hotho said. “Please be as creative as you can, to make a beautiful, a whimsical or old-fashioned holiday float. This is a great opportunity to have all eyes watching and reading your banner and see who your business or club or organization is. You can’t get [better] public relations opportunities than this.”
Registration forms were mailed to those who registered last year. They are also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Hamburg Village Recreation Office or village hall. The registration deadline is Nov. 22.
The parade will feature music, floats and marchers. Masters of ceremonies will announce the names of contingents from reviewing stands in front of Tina’s Italian Kitchen on Main Street and in front of the Buffalo Street Grill on Buffalo Street. The parade will end at the village square, where cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
For more information, call Hotho at 648-4167 or Mika at 480-8122. Garry and Gay Lynn Nelson and Dave and Sandy Hustead are also members of the parade committee.