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Hatboro Parade A Draw

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Parade Watchers Outside the CVS on York Road in the downtown business district. (Tom Sofield)

Tens of thousands of people lined York Road in Hatboro Sunday afternoon as the borough and local chamber of commerce held

the communities 50th annual Holiday Parade.

The parade which got underway around 2 p.m. and wrapped up close to 4 p.m. featured local first responders, beauty pagent winners, politicians, dogs in cute outfits, marching bands, string bands, dancers and of course Santa.

SEPTA detoured local bus routes due to York Road being closed for the parade.

The Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce which has ran the event since 1976 expected crowds to be between 30,000 to 50,000 but borough authorities said official figures would not be available for a few days.

Hatboro police reported no incidents but brought in extra police officers to handle the parade and influx of visitors that flooded the borough of slightly more than 7,000.

The parade was grand marshaled by past presidents of the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce.

Children give their lettters to Santa to a UPS postal worker. (Tom Sofield)

Brisk November temperatures kept people bundled and kept hot chocolate and coffee flowing from vendors along the parade route.

Tracy Crider manager of the Seattle’s Best Coffee store in Horsham braved the cold and crowds to push her cart with insulated dispensers up York Road to sell hot chocolate to the parade watchers. Crider said that the hot chocolate was selling well.

(Tom Sofield)

The parade which is a local tradition brings people from all over the region.

“It’s wonderful!” said Jacqueline Lee of Warminster who brought her 10 year old granddaughter to view the parade from their prime location near York and Byberry Roads.

“The parade is awesome!,” said Laura D’Elia who sat outside Main Street Records along the parade route and brought her young son Harrison and husband Greg out to view the parade.

The Jingle Bells themed parade wrapped up with UPS employees in their iconic brown uniforms collecting Christmas letters to Santa follow by Santa and Mrs. Clause on a wagon drawn by two Belgian horses.

When asked what he put on his list to Santa, Anthony, 7, of Sellersville who enjoyed the parade said, “A remote control helicopter so I can drive my neighbors and mom crazy!”

Tom Sofield (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)
Online Editor

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  1. Kathy Harrison
    November 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    I have attended the Hatboro Parade for the 35 years I have lived here. I look forward to it every year, and have truly enjoyed it every year. This year didn’t disappoint me until the end of the parade when SANTA & MRS. CLAUS arrived. We were all excited to see the horse drawn carriage which was absolutely beautiful!! However, SANTA looked a disgrace. His beard wasn’t even combed out and the elastic on his beard was showing, and Mrs. Clause with her EAGLES hat! The children in our group didn’t realize who she was.(thankfully) Sometimes details do matter!!! When the children look at you and say thats not the real SANTA, thats pretty sad when they are kindergarteners and 1st graders. I do appreciate all the time and effort put in to the parade, but PLEASE take a little more effort on the Big Guy and his Lady next year. Thank you to all the volunteers who work to make the day so special for every one.

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