JOIN US FOR THE 2019 READING HOLIDAY PARADE!
The full length of Penn Street in center city comes alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays during the annual Reading Holiday Parade! Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this family-oriented tradition features colorful floats, holiday-themed music by local school and community bands, and lots of other lively entertainment. Organized and presented by the Reading Downtown Improvement District and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Reading, the Reading Holiday Parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season!
This year's parade is scheduled for
Saturday, November 23, at 10 a.m.
(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW STARTING TIME!)
If postponed, the parade will be held Saturday, November 30.
The decision to postpone will be made by 6:00 a.m. on November 23.
Please listen to local radio stations for announcements or check our Facebook page for updates.
INFORMATION BOOTH & PARADE OFFICIALS:
The information booth will be located in the bus shelter on the northeast corner of 11th & Penn streets. Should you require assistance, parade officials and volunteers will be wearing vests for identification.
Please note: Our parade officials are volunteers and most of our groups are volunteer organizations, and with all the activity at 11th & Penn streets, and with all the excitement at the stage at 5th & Penn, please be patient and kind—your cooperation will be appreciated.
important information for all parade participants
Float height restriction is 14 feet
Only One Santa - The Parade’s official Santa is the only Santa in this parade. Please DO NOT have anyone dress as Santa – this confuses young spectators.
No Political Sponsorship - Floats or units sponsored by or depicting a political organization or candidate will not be permitted in the parade.
Including Music or Dance? - Please inform us, on your application form, if your unit will have any music or dancing. We need to know for better placement in our parade line-up.
Performance Area - There will be a cleared and barricaded area at 5th & Penn streets for groups and bands to perform for a maximum of two minutes. This is the only spot where you should stop to perform. This is also where BCTV will be recording the parade.
No Sirens - Sirens are an alert to danger. To avoid confusion and panic, no sirens will be allowed at the parade.
No Throwing- Materials of any sort (candy, toys, etc.) may not be thrown from cars or floats to the parade crowds along the route or into the street. This is necessary to keep all children safe. Parade participants may hand out appropriate items by walking along the curb.
VIOLATORS WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS AND MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE PARADES
Notice for Officials and Celebrities - It is important to submit a completed Parade Application to be included in the line-up so announcers have the necessary information about you. Also, if you do n intend to walk, you will need to furnish your own transportation and any signs.
Line up information
PARADE ROUTE - The parade route begins at 11th & Penn street and disbands at 2nd & Penn street.
Line-up information will be forwarded to you by November 15. Please, NO phone calls regarding line-up prior to this date!
NOTE LINEUP TIMES:
Division 1 9:15 a.m.
Division 2 9:45 a.m.
Division 3 10:15 a.m.
Division 4 10:45 a.m.
Division 5 11:15 a.m.
DID YOU KNOW?
Eight department stores once were located on Penn Street, including four on Penn Square.