250th Anniversary Parade & Festival Announced

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The City of Allentown will mark its 250th Anniversary with a parade and festival on Saturday, September 29.  Mayor Ed Pawlowski and other city officials were joined by a variety of community partners to make the announcement during a news conference at PPL Plaza at Ninth & Hamilton streets.  The audience included a number of individuals who have been donating their time and creative energies serving on a committee to shape the celebratory event.

Chairman of the committee, pastor of Zion’s “Liberty Bell” UCC, the Reverend Bob Stevens, officially announced the 250th Anniversary City Without Limits: Points of Pride Parade and Community Festival.  ”The parade will be a colorful and creative journey-through-time where those on the sidelines will literally see Allentown’s history pass by them,” Stevens said.  The parade is organized in six divisions, each representing a 50-year period in Allentown’s history, beginning with the city’s founding in 1762.  The sixth division will represent “The Future.”

The announcement also serves as an invitation for the Allentown community to sign-up to showcase their Allentown pride, talent and creativity and march from the Fairgrounds to Ninth and Hamilton streets.  Floats from the parade will park in lay by’s on Hamilton Street, and parade participants, marching groups and spectators will join in a Community Festival in the neighborhood around the PPL Plaza.  The Parade will step-off at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to end at 1:00 p.m., but the Festival will continue until 7:00 p.m.  “We’re planning a fantastic day,” said Pawlowski.  “Mark September 29th on your calendar because you won’t want to miss it.”

Those interested in participating in the parade will be given a list of suggested historical milestones which they could choose to represent, or it may be fitting for a group or business to stake their own place in Allentown’s history.  Or, perhaps a group would rather perform on-stage or sell ethnic food at a booth at the festival – the committee is searching for those who want to participate in that manner too.

The goal of the event is to showcase the many brilliant facets of Allentown’s tapestry.  Allentown is comprised of a rich history, diverse cultures, delicious tastes, proud neighborhoods, talented artists, promising students, faithful worship communities, thriving businesses, treasured destinations, dedicated community groups and more.  The committee hopes the Parade and Community Festival will be an opportunity for one to experience just how much Allentown has to offer.  The parade will be a living timeline and the community festival will be an exciting interactive experience where one can taste, see, hear and create throughout the day.

Partners who are already on-board include the Allentown Public Library, the Allen High School Alumni Association, the Hamilton District Main Street Program, America on Wheels and Zion’s Liberty Bell Church and Museum.

Events like the City Without Limits: Points of Pride Parade and Community Festival would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors.  Alvin H. Butz, Capital Blue Cross, PPL, UGI, Mack Trucks, Bennett Automotive Group, and Pepsi are already committed to supporting this event among other Allentown 250 Celebrations.

Any business or individual interested in sponsoring should contact Tara Craig at 610-437-7530 or tara.craig@allentownpa.gov.  Signing-up for the Points of Pride Parade and Community Festival is simple.  Interested persons can download a form at www.allentown250.com or request registration materials by contacting Wendie at 610-433-7777 (extension 25). Registration forms must be received no later than June 30.