Q: What's Santa's Parade?
A: This is the third year we've had Santa's Parade on State Street in Media. It was created by businesses in the borough to bring a fun, exciting event that would draw people to the area with the idea that once here they would linger to shop, eat, drink and enjoy all that Media has to offer -- all year round.
The parade starts at 5PM on Sunday November 27, 2016.
Prior to the parade there will be a 1-mile fun run/walk where participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The run/walk begins at 4PM in front of the county courthouse.
Accompanying all the fun is a block party on state street, 2:30-5 PM between Orange and Veterans Square featuring exhibitors, giveaways, contests, music and other treats. The block party will feature live music fromJimmy Shoe and the Shine
Q: What's in the parade?
A: It has something for everyone. Mummers. Floats. Music. Classic cars. Fife & Drum corps. Elvis. Living Nativity. Victorian Christmas. Santa & Mrs. Claus. And Live Reindeer!
Q: Is there a cost?
A: The parade, fun run/walk and block party are all FREE, but attendees are encouraged to donate an unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots or a non-perishable food item for Media Food Bank. Donations will be collected at the block party 2:30-5PM.
Q: Where should we go?
A: The parade route is similar to other parades in Media. It begins at State & Monroe, turns up Veterans Square and continues on Front Street back to Edgmont where the baseball fields are.
There's a map here: MAP
Q: Is there parking?
A: There is free parking at all the metered spots throughout the borough and also at the municipal lots shown on the map above.
Q: Where's the best place to watch:
A: Anywhere along State Street will be prime viewing areas. Also in front of the County Courthouse along Front Street.
Q: Will we see Santa?
A: Sure, it's Santa's Parade! Santa & Mrs. Claus lead off the parade riding in a brand-new sleigh built just for the occasion. If everyone cheers loud enough, Santa may also be encouraged to do an encore at the end of the parade to wish Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-night. Then, Santa will hang around for photos and a meet-and-greet at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (100 West State Street).
Q: Can we get a picture with the reindeer?
A: The reindeer will be the first marchers in the parade beginning at 5PM - leading the way for Santa. Then they will be stationed at State & Olive where people can stop by for a closer look.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Like most community events in Media, pets are not allowed at Santa's Parade. You are welcome to bring Fido's wish list and give it to Santa at the meet-and-greet after the parade. That's only if your dog has not been naughty. . .
Q: Is there a rain-date?
A: This event is rain or shine. No matter the weather, we guarantee a 100% chance of snow on State Street at some point during the parade.
Q: What's the best-kept secret?
A: Roving Mariachis will stroll along State Street at 4:30.
Q: Who is paying for this?
A: This community event is funded by many generous sponsors who contributed to make the parade and all the surrounding events happen. A volunteer planning commitee has been working since January to put it all together and coordinate everything. The donors will be acknowledged during the parade and before and after in our publicity and social media marketing. Please thank them and support them with your patronage.
Q: I have other questions, is more information available?
A: The most up-to-date information is on the parade Facebook page:
The Entire Parade is Made Possible by Volunteers!
We are always looking for eager, reliable helpers. There are plenty of tasks large and small that you can help with, either in advance or on the day of the Parade.
Get Involved - Become A Sponsor!
Many local businesses, restaurants, organizations and individuals have taken advantage of the unique opportunity to boost name recognition and community involvement by becoming a sponsor of Santa's Parade. Sponsorship donations are available at every level, beginning at just $100.
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