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Applications available for Niagara Electric Lights Parade

by jmaloni
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 09:40 pm
Pictured is a colorful entry in the 2013 Niagara Electric Lights Parade. (photo by Marc Carpenter)
Pictured is a colorful entry in the 2013 Niagara Electric Lights Parade. (photo by Marc Carpenter)

The Niagara Electric Lights Parade committee is seeking bands, civic groups, businesses, schools, elected officials, candidates, first responders, churches, etc., to participate in this year's 10th annual parade on Military Road in the Town of Niagara.

Applications are available at www.tnbpa.com as well as at the Town of Niagara Town Hall Clerk's Office, 7105 Lockport Road.

The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. An estimated 70 units are expected to take part in the parade, which will begin at Military Road and Fourth Avenue and culminate at the Military Road K-Mart Store.

As always, a major highlight of the Electric Lights Parade is the appearance of Santa Claus, who will greet the crowd and be on hand for photos.

A food drive again will be part of this year's parade. Volunteers will gather nonperishable food donations from parade spectators on behalf of Community Missions. If participants wish, parade organizers encourage donations to their church food pantries; just let them know it is on behalf of the Niagara Electric Lights Parade. In 2013, the Community Missions food pantry served more than 30,000 meals to individuals.

The major sponsor for the parade is Republic Services (Allied Waste Industries of Niagara Falls). Republic Services owns and operates the Niagara Falls Sanitary Landfill, located at the intersection of 56th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Last year's parade drew several thousand spectators, along with the hundreds who were part of the bands, floats and community groups which took part.

The Niagara Electric Lights Parade is organized and presented by the Town of Niagara, the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association and the Niagara USA Chamber.

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