Credit: Saucon Valley Spirit Parade
The Saucon Valley Spirit Parade will draw thousands to Hellertown this Sunday (there is no rain date). The information in this story is from Parade Chairman David Heintzelman and will help you plan your visit to the parade.
Please note that the parade route remains the same (see map below) and that roads along the route will be closed (barricaded) at 1:30 p.m. Detours will be in place, with northbound and southbound Main Street (Rt. 412) traffic being detoured onto Front Street at Depot and Walnut streets. Spectators are also reminded to keep a close eye on their children as floats and large moving vehicles pass by.
Mountainview Moravian Church will be collecting bags of gently-used children’s clothing. If you have clothes to donate bring them to the parade and throw them to volunteers as their float passes by.
Lineup for the parade will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Saucon Valley School District campus.
This year there will be no sirens used during the parade, because there was a medical emergency last year while sirens were being used and unable to be separated from the ambulance’s siren. However, emergency vehicle drivers are permitted to tap their horns and sirens and use their lights.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you will be throwing candy, please throw it into the crowd and as far from your moving vehicle/float as possible.
YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2016 SAUCON VALLEY SPIRIT PARADE
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Hellertown, Pa.
PARADE CHAIRMAN: David Heintzelman
SPECIAL THANKS: Saucon Valley School District, Lower Saucon Township Council, Hellertown Borough Council, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp III, Mayor Richard Fluck, Hellertown Dept. of Public Works Director Tom Henshaw, Lower Saucon Dept. of Public Works Director Roger Rasich, Lower Saucon Township Police Department, Hellertown Police Department, Georgine and David Stuempfle who will be collecting donations, Nancy Geyer and Saucon Valley Cheerleaders (banner carriers), Service Electric Cable TV (the only channel which will be broadcasting the parade) and the many volunteers who will be assisting on Parade Day.
JUDGES’ STAND LOCATION: Northampton and Water streets (by Saucon Manor)
JUDGES: Jesse and Deb Repash, Bruce Browne, Ben Muschlitz
AWARD CATEGORIES: Best Appearing Float (1st, 2nd and 3rd place); Best Appearing Individual (1st, 2nd and 3rd place); Judges’ Choice-Theme Choice (1st place and runner-up).
ANNOUNCERS: Stanley “Bud” Prosser and Cheyenne Reiman
MORE INFORMATION/UPDATES: Saucon Valley Spirit Parade Facebook Page
PARADE DONORS: The Borough of Hellertown, Hellertown Lions Club, Lower Saucon Township, Monumental Crafts-Robert C. Moll, Law Offices of Mark P. Albright, Saucon Valley Woman’s Club, Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts-June L. Rose, Hellertown Historical Society, DiMaio’s Family Ristorante & Pizzeria, Sauon Valley Bikes, Trendz of Saucon Valley, Saucon Source-Josh Popichak, Cheyenne Reiman, Realtor, Wale Apparatus Co. Inc., IESI Bethlehem Landfill, Saucon Valley Insurance Services Inc., State Farm-Jim Gardner, Agent, Saucon Valley Lions Club, Saucon Valley Manor, Klotz’s Bait Shop, Cindy’s Hair Designs-Cindy DaSilva, Christopher Reilly, DC-Reilly Chiropractic, Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Saucon Valley Sporting Goods, Lehigh Valley Crematory Services Inc., Hellertown Family Foot Care, American Legion Auxiliary-Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, Craig and Linda Medei, Gilman’s Mineral & Lapidary Supply and Lost River Caverns, Mary Neher, Yeager’s Pharmacy