The Concord Heights will be the place next Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m. for the 61st annual Concord Christmas Parade.
This will be my 41st year as chairman with James Cusano's second year as co-chairman. The theme for this year is Welcome Home For The Holidays, wear your Red,White, Blue, and Green. With Veterans Day so close to the parade this year, organizers have dedicated the first division to our veterans and returning home members of the military who haven't enjoyed the holidays for many years. The Concord High School, Bow High School, Merrimack Valley High School, and Hollis Town Bands will be providing music for this year's parade.
There will be floats, decorated vehicles, animals, emergency response vehicles, antique cars, and government dignitaries inthe line of march. It is expected Gov. John Lynch and Dr. Susan Lynch will be marching as well as newly elected U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and possibly newly elected Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Kevin Scarupa from WMUR 9 and Matt Noyes from WNECN Boston, Meteorologist will be Parade Marshalls. Weatherman Al from Derry will also be a special guest. This year's parade promises to be the best one yet. Santa Claus will be making his first official visit to the city of Concord on a float especially for him provided by Tri State Medical Services of Bow. Parade sponsors include Concord Grange #322, Kiwanis Club of Concord, The Stove Barn, Newick's Seafood Restaurant, Banks Chevrolet, and The Rowley Agency. Please call me at 496-2917, 228-1803 or James Cusano at 603-225-8308 for parade info.
It is not to late to donate or participate in the parade.
The Concord Heights is the place to be for your Holiday shopping as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church has their annual Holiday Farm that morning starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 6 p.m. and then on Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Bektash Temple Shriners on Pembroke Road have their annual Fez-ti-val of trees opening at 1 p.m. for the next week. This is an excellent event to see hundreds of decorated trees with so many different themes, lights, and more. Santa Claus will be inside for photographs, food to enjoy, and crafts to buy. The Heights is alive for the holidays.