Annual Baby Parade

sponsored by the Lancashire Hall

 

When the first Baby Parade was held in 1937 as part of the Fourth of July celebration, there were three divisions: Colonial; Most Original, Artistic, & Best Dressed; Twins only.  The parade began at 7 p.m. at the "coffee house" at the west end of the Park and was led by a trio of musicians, dressed as "the Spirit of '76," It followed designated paths and disbanded at the newly constructed Band Shell, where the winners were announced.

 

In 1986, Lititz Mayor Roy B. Clair, Jr., encouraged the revival of the Baby Parade which ended in 1959.  Organized by the Lititz Woman's Club, led by a small contingent of baton twirlers from "Aquarius," 14 entrants in strollers, wagons, floats, and even shopping carts, marched along the shaded walkways to the delight of viewers.  The Fourth of July Celebration Baby Parade was reborn.

 

Delmar Landis Grand Prize

For five years, Delmar Landis had a passion to build larger than life large Baby Parade floats depicting the Lititz Springs Park and the theme of the celebration.  During those five years, the Landis family won the Grand Prize for their floats.  In his honor since his passing, the Landis family has established the "Delmar Landis Grand Prize" that is given to the Grand Prize winner in his memory.

 

Baby Parade Registration and Parade Route

Registration for the Baby Parade takes place at 12:30 PM- 1:15PM at the Inner Parking Lot in the Park. Judging starts at 1:30PM. The parade starts after judging from the Inner Parking lot and proceeds along the north side of Lititz Run to the Arched Bridge, crossing over, then proceed along the south side of Lititz Run to the Wall of Remembrance were the parade will end.  The Baby Parade is led by Crown Bearer, and Flower Girl, for the 76th Queen of the Candles Pageant. The participants are judged before the beginning of the parade and the winners will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the parade.

 

Registration for the parade can be done beforehand by emailing lititzbabyparade@gmail.com they should list the following:

 

Name of Entry

Name and Ages of Participants

Parents Names, Address and email address

Category (choose one from Best Float; Hometown Pride; Patriotic or Best Use of Theme.)

There will be prizes awarded in each category.

 

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