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A brilliant parade
Christmas march will light up the night

11/23/17
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 On Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., the Manchester Christmas Parade will “light up the holidays” — that’s the theme that Intown Manchester came up with after realizing that the Queen City’s parade is the only nighttime holiday parade in the state.

“Our goal with that is to get as many lit floats as possible … going down Elm Street,” Trixie Vazquez from Intown Manchester said.
As in recent years, the parade immediately follows the Santa Claus Shuffle. 
“As soon as the last Santa starts to run, we send the parade right after him,” Vazquez said.
It starts on the north side of Elm Street at the Brady Sullivan headquarters and proceeds down to Veterans Memorial Park, so people can set up blankets or chairs or stand on either side of Elm Street between those two locations and be able to see the whole parade.
About 80 participants are expected this year. They include UNH Manchester, a women’s jazzercise group that dances throughout the entire parade, FIRST Robotics team the PowerKnights and more. 
A stage with announcers, including Heather Bishop of WZID, will be set up at the south end of the parade.
Santa will be at the tail end of the parade on a fire truck, according to Vazquez. In front of him will be firefighters dressed as reindeer. And USPS postal workers will run around collecting letters for Santa from kids in the crowd.
 
More Intown Manchester holiday events
Aside from the parade, Manchester has a few other holiday events planned.
On Saturday, Nov. 25, the city will feature Small Business Saturday to encourage local shopping at the city’s small businesses. Participating stores will offer discounts and gift cards with purchases, according to Vazquez.
“The goal of Small Business Saturday is … after the craziness of Black Friday, to turn to support local businesses,” Vazquez said.
After that, there will be five days set aside for the annual downtown Holiday Market, sponsored by Brady Sullivan. Located in the Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., the Holiday Market will take place on Thursdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be up to 50 local artisans and craftsmen set up in the shopping area, which will be decorated with all the holiday trappings.
“We get really excited about the Christmas decorations,” Vazquez said. 





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