Contact: Lisa Greco FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
34th ANNUAL MAYFAIR HOLMESBURG THANKSGIVING PARADE RETURNS TO FRANKFORD AVENUE
Festivities Kick-Off At Noon at Rhawn St. at Frankford Avenue
On Sunday November 21st, 2010
The Mayfair Business Association is excited to announce that the Thanksgiving Parade has returned to “The Avenue”. Last year, due to the economic climate we faced in Philadelphia and across the Country, the Parade had to be relocated and moved indoors and redubbed a “Parade of Talent”; however, thanks to the dedication of the Mayfair Business Association, with help from the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, the Greater Kensington String Band and countless volunteers, citizens and businesses, the Parade and its accompanying acts, brood of talent, and gaggle of dignitaries will once again strut their stuff down Frankford Avenue. First Year Parade Chairwoman, Suzanne St. Marie, who also sits on the Board of the Mayfair Business and Civic Associations, stated “It is tremendous to have the Parade back on the Avenue again. So many people came forward to make this happen, especially the Optimists who had previously organized the parade for decades before turning control over to our organization; to the businesses not only from up and down the Avenue but also from all over the region and finally to people of Mayfair, Holmesburg and Northeast Philly in general who made their wishes known that this Parade is an important staple of our community.”
This year, the Parade’s Theme is “Saluting Our Defenders of Liberty”; which is notable due to the fact that one our of own Defenders of Liberty, the Parade’s Grand Marshall, will be Kevin McCloskey, a neighborhood resident who lost both his legs fighting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. St. Marie stated, “It was a no brainer when it came time to select a Grand Marshall. Kevin exudes what it is to be a Northeast Philly resident and grow up along the Avenue. He is the type of person our children, who will be in the viewing audience of the Parade, can look up to and call a hero.” Aside from Kevin, many dignitaries from elected officials, to Community and Business Leaders, to all different types of talent, to the great schools from our community will be represented as will be our special guest that ends the parade every year which is, in and of itself, a staple of our Mayfair tradition.
A Few Reminders: Children should bring their letters for Santa Claus. Silly String is strictly prohibited. Please do not patronize unauthorized vendors. Please remain on the curb and out of the street. Finally, this event is funded entirely through donations; please support our sponsors and try to donate at least one dollar into the donation jugs to help fund the 2011 Parade.
This event is the culmination of an exciting year for Mayfair that began with our tree lighting ceremony back in December, and delved into our Third Annual Mayfair May Fair and Second Annual Fallen Heroes Run, all of which are just another reason that Mayfair is a great place to live, work and play.