Santa, Ge­orge Washington to high­light Christ­mas pa­rade

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARDLEY BOR­OUGH loves a pa­rade.

On Satur­day, Dec. 1 from 3W30 to 5 p.m., down­town Yardley will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Yardley Christ­mas Pa­rade.

The pa­rade will de­part from Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 317 on South Main Street and con­tinue north on Main Street through the in­ter­sec­tion at Afton Ave. and Main Street to the Friends Meet­ing­house on North Main Street.

String bands and bag­pipes will en­ter­tain pa­rade go­ers. Fire en­gines will de­light the chil­dren. Bel­gian draft horses will trot by the crowded side­walks.

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Af­ter the pa­rade, ev­ery­one will have a chance to visit with Santa at the Yardley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on South Main Street.

The Yardley Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (YBAF, spon­sor of the pa­rade, has in­vited lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents to be part of the hol­i­day rev­elry with dec­o­rated FDUV, ERDWV, flRDWV, HWF.

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Mar­garet Bork, pres­i­dent of the YBA, said that Yardley is all about tra­di­tion due to its sto­ried his­tory.

“Tra­di­tion is about fam­ily and friends,” Bork said. “The pa­rade brings fam­ily and friends of all ages to­gether as it of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one, egard­less of age.”

The pa­rade draws more than 1,000 peo­ple to down­town Yardley. The com­mu­nity spirit is al­ways alive and well at the pa­rade. Peo­ple love to min­gle with fam­ily, see old friends on South Main Street and sim­ply watch the pa­rade go by.

Of course the high­light of the pa­rade for the lit­tle ones is when they see Santa Claus. See­ing Ge­orge Washington him­self is al­ways an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for young and old alike.

Bracken Cadets, Pipes and Drums of the At­lantic Watch, Archer-Ep­pler Drum and Bu­gle Corps, Up­town String Band and Penns­bury High School Long Or­ange Line will all per­form dur­ing the pa­rade.

Life-sized cos­tumed car­toon characters, in­clud­ing Cookie Mon­ster, Bobee,

- Ev­ery­one Elmo, Grinch, Win­nie the Pooh, Sponge­Bob Squarepants (Bork’s fa­voriteF, Cat in the Hat, Woody, Bat­man, Scooby Doo, Taz and of course, Shrek will en­ter­tain the chil­dren.

The Christ­mas pa­rade helps busi­ness in the com­mu­nity.

“Pre- and post-pa­rade, peo­ple are in town to eat and shop and stroll,” Bork said. “Th­ese are peo­ple who may not come into town on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and the pa­rade of­fers them the chance to catch up on what’s new in town.”

She said Yardley Bor­ough has a great va­ri­ety of eater­ies.

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most of the busi­nesses are small busi­nesses, as op­posed to chains.

“When you stop in, you are more than likely to be greeted by the owner or a very long­time em­ployee,” Bork said. “They not only re­mem­ber you, but al­ways want to be sure you re­ceive the best ser­vice pos­si­ble. Their car­ing is sin­cere and that makes peo­ple want to come back.”

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Bork notes that on the same day as the Christ­mas pa­rade, there is the fundrais­ing FRnFHUW DW 0DNH­fiHOG HLghODnGV WR EHnH­fiW vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Sandy. The event runs from 7 - 11 p.m.

“What a great way to be­gin the hol­i­day sea­son!” Bork said.

To learn more about the pa­rade, con­tact the YBA at yba@yard­ley­busi­

Vic­to­ria Mihalek shares her hol­i­day wishes with Santa Claus in­side Cus­tomers Bank at Afton Av­enue and Main Street dur­ing Fri­day night’s Tree Light­ing.

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