Ham­burg tra­di­tion

King Frost pa­rade to in­clude 2 spe­cial guests

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003

King Frost will make his way through down­town Ham­burg with a cou­ple spe­cial friends along for the ride.

The 54th an­nual King Frost Pa­rade will be­gin at 7 p. m. Satur­day. The route is two miles, be­gin­ning at Port Clin­ton Av­enue and Third Street. It pro­ceeds on Third Street to Maple Street, then left onto Fourth Street be­fore end­ing at Franklin Street. The event is spon­sored by the Ham­burg Jaycees. It is al­ways held on the last Satur­day of Oc­to­ber. Rain date is Nov. 4.

While King Frost is the main man of the event, this year he is bring­ing along two fa­mous friends from Penn­syl­va­nia— the Phillie Pha­natic and the Nit­tany Lion. The Pha­natic has ap­peared at the pa­rade be­fore, most re­cently in 2012.

The Read­ing Roy­als hockey team is also walk­ing in the pa­rade, ac­cord­ing to its or­ga­niz­ers, Colleen-Wit­man and Erica Keller.

This year’s pa­rade will fea­ture about 75 en­tries; how­ever, there could be more as the dead­line to en­ter is 10 p. m. to­day.

Wit­man and Keller want to re­mind pa­rade­go­ers of a few guide­lines for the pa­rade:

• Chairs can be put along the pa­rade route start­ing at 6 p. m. to­day.

• Roads in the line- up area will close at 4: 30 p. m. Satur­day, with the pa­rade route clos­ing at 6 p. m. Bar­ri­cades will be placed on the streets and should not be moved to en­sure the safety of pa­rade par­tic­i­pants.

• There will be no park­ing on the pa­rade route or in the line- up ar­eas start­ing at 3 p. m. Satur­day

Ev­ery year, a spe­cial pin is re­leased com­mem­o­rat­ing that year’s pa­rade. The 54th pa­rade pin is shaped like a pumpkin and fea­tures the King Frost logo.

Wit­man and Keller said they wanted some­thing that tran­si­tioned fall into win­ter. The King Frost float will also have that same theme on Satur­day.

The pin is $ 4 and avail­able at stores in the bor­ough. A list can be found on the “King Frost Pa­rade” Face­book page.

Still go­ing strong in its 54th year, Wit­man and Keller said the town keeps the pa­rade alive. It acts as a home­com­ing for Ham­burg and brings peo­ple back to their roots.

For more on this lon­grun­ning tra­di­tion in Ham­burg, visit the event’s Face­book page or the Ham­burg Jaycees web­site at www.ham­burg­jaycees.com.


The Phillie Pha­natic was part of the King Frost pa­rade in 2012. He, along with the Nit­tany Lion mas­cot, will be part of this year’s pa­rade sched­uled for 7 p. m. Satur­day in Ham­burg.

Natalie Wagner, Sum­mit Sta­tion, waves to the peo­ple in last year’s pa­rade. En­joy­ing the event with her are, from left, Sky­lar Roth nd Jade Emerich, both of Ham­burg, and Ashley Bubben­moyer, Sum­mit Sta­tion.

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