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Members of the Spaulding Red Raider varsity hockey team wear their skates while marching in the 2019 Christmas parade. (Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce photo)

ROCHESTER - The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking entries for this year's "A Comic Book Christmas" holiday parade being held on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 3 p.m.

Rochester's parade features an array of floats from businesses, organizations and youth organizations as well as high school marching bands, marching units, equestrians and more.

Entries for floats, marching, mobile and equestrian units, are currently being sought by individuals, youth groups, schools, organizations, and businesses interested in participating in the parade. Those entering floats are encouraged to decorate their entry in keeping with the theme and may enter in the Youth, Organizational or Commercial Division of the parade.

Floats that are lined up in the assembly area by 1 p.m. will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, theme and overall appearance with trophies awarded for first, second, and third place in each division. A "Best of Parade" trophy is also awarded.

The parade route will begin on Wakefield Street by the triangle at the entrance to the Spaulding High School. It will proceed south on Wakefield Street, turn right onto Union Street, turn left onto North Main Street, to South Main Street, and disband in front of the Rochester Common.

Thousands of individuals participate in Rochester's Holiday Parade each year and thousands of spectators line the streets to view the parade. The parade is also videotaped and rebroadcast many times throughout the holiday season, compliments of Atlantic Broadband and is also available for viewing on the Chamber website.

All are welcome to join in the holiday spirit generated by this festive community event. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 30. For more information or to receive an entry form and instructions for Rochester's Holiday Parade, please call the Chamber office at 603-332-5080 or entry forms and guidelines can be found online by visiting

This year's parade is underwritten by Service Credit Union.

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