King Frost parade to include 2 special guests
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.