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Harrisburg ready for annual holiday parade

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

‘Twas the day before a parade, when all through downtown, not a moment was lost preparing for fun all around.

Holly was hung on light posts with care in hopes marching bands and big balloons will soon be here.

Harrisburg's Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments worked like elves Friday to set up decorations and stages and put on final touches for Saturday's 2013 Holiday Parade.

About 90 floats, bands, and big balloons will participate.

According to Parks and Recreation director Dr. Brenda Alton, the parade will also have a few national drill teams performing, not to mention a few show stoppers.

"Plus, we have a wonderful surprise of a couple new balloons that'll be great," Alton said.

Harrisburg officials expect several hundred, even a few thousands to come Downtown to watch the parade. This year's theme is "Sights and Sounds of the Holiday Season."

In order to view everything the parade has to offer, they suggest people head to Harrisburg early.

City officials say parade route streets will close beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are asked to show up no later than 10 a.m. with the parade beginning at noon.

According to abc27 meteorologists, the weather is expected to be cool and breezy, so officials urge people to bundle up and dress warm.

The route begins at Front and Market, heads down N. 2nd to North St., then back down Front Street to City Island.

People lined up along the parade route will surely see a yellow-and-blue sticker in storefront widows that read "2 Minute Tuesday." Today's the Day Harrisburg founder Tara Leo Auchey started the movement a couple years ago.

Announced this week, Auchey and the Downtown Improvement District, Community Action Commission, and the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce & CREDEC have begun to encourage people to take a break and pick up litter.

Todd Vander Woude with DID said the movement is more of a reminder for people to keep the capital city tidy.

"It only takes two minutes to keep the entire downtown area clean if everybody pitches in," he said.

Alton said citizens and visitors alike need to help the city government out as well. She hopes the campaign to urge people to pick up will remind many to leave Downtown clean after the parade.

"It's a reminder that it takes all of us to be able to bring our city around, not just the government," she said. "[Picking up litter helps] us to keep our city a wonderful place to live, work and play."

The 2013 Harrisburg Holiday Parade will air on Thanksgiving, November 28, at noon on abc27!

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