Harrington parade to bring A Disney Christmas through town

HARRINGTON — Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

The annual Christmas Parade in Harrington Friday, Dec. 2 is bound to make dreams come true for those who participate or watch the event this year with its theme: A Disney Christmas.

“As soon as you say Disney and Christmas, it opens up a whole lot of windows for people. You remember the Mickey shows and Donald Duck,” Harrington Parks & Recreation Department Director Bill Falasco said.

Although the theme is specific to Disney, he said it is broad enough to include the full history of the young-at-heart company.

The parade assumes a new theme every year, he added.

“One year, we did ‘I’ll be home for Christmas.’ That was a good one because there were people over in Afghanistan and everything. It was touching. We had mom and pop type floats. That was a real good one,” he said.

To add to the touch of home, the parade theme is picked with the help of local third grade students who enter a contest by sharing their thoughts on Christmas. What does the contest winner earn?

A chance to sit with the judges at the main stand by M&T Bank in downtown Harrington during the parade along with their parents and five of their friends.

The winner is also given gifts such as gift certificates to local restaurants and free registration to five or six programs found at the parks and recreation department.

Mr. Falasco said the department always receives a good response to the contest.

“And boy, do we get some to laugh at, too,” he said.

Of parade entries, he added, nearly two-thirds are returning from previous years.

New this year to the parade include Girl Scouts and a motorcycle group from the American Legion. Returning entries include many local marching bands, Loblolly Acres, the Harrington Lion’s Club, the Antique Tractor Club, Pop Warner teams, fire companies and many other entrants.

Step-off is at 7 p.m. at Lake Forest South Elementary School in Harrington. The parade will wrap around downtown Harrington and end back at the school.

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