Festivities soon to begin in Hermitage

November 16, 2013 by  

The 16th annual Holiday Light Parade is taking place in Hermitage next weekend in the Central Business District. This event regularly attracts at least 15,000 to the downtown area each year.

Over 70 participants are expected to compete for $2,500 in cash and prizes. Winners will be chosen on the use of a holiday theme, originality, the use of lights and music, and overall creativity. One child between the ages of 5 and 12 will be chosen to be the Junior Parade Marshal and will also receive a prize pack. The parade is set to include all sorts of participants including floats, marching bands, community organizations, and dance groups.

In addition, the YMCA Shenango Valley is holding a food drive to help people from all over Mercer County. Viewers of the parade are encouraged to bring bags of non-perishable food to place on the side of the road along the parade route. The YMCA float will pick up each bag as it goes by.

Local print companies are often hired to provide items like the banners and signs usually used in parades. It is likely the Hermitage parade will be no different, since banners can add greatly to the decoration of a float.

The 2013 Holiday Light Parade is taking place on November 23 beginning at 6:00 pm. It will travel along Kerrwood Drive to Route 18 and will end up at the Shenango Valley Mall. To find out more about the parade, contact Amy Gargiulo at 724-981-0800.