HAMBURG, Pa. - From celebrating meat on a bun to welcoming the arrival of the year's shortest days, Hamburg surely knows how to throw a party.
And party they will, like no other borough in Berks County, when King Frost leads his namesake parade through town Saturday night.
The traditional celebration of the autumn harvest and the coming of winter, now in its 54th year, is set to begin at 7 p.m.
This year, King Frost will be joined by several special guests, including the Phillie Phanatic, the Penn State Nittany Lion, Miss Pennsylvania Katie Schreckengast, and Santa Claus.
Also among the parade participants will be the Allentown Hobo Band, the Rajah Shrine Chanters and clowns, and the Hamburg Area, Brandywine Heights, and Parkland high schools's marching bands.
The Hamburg Jaycees, the event's organizers, expect parade-watchers will cause at least a fivefold spike in Hamburg's population of nearly 4,400, with the parade serving as a homecoming of sorts.
If you plan to be among them, be sure to get there early. Roads in the lineup areas will begin to close at 4 p.m., with the parade route being shut down at 6:30. Parking will be prohibited along the parade route and in the lineup areas starting at 3 p.m.
As for the forecast, AccuWeather is calling for mostly clear skies and a temperature of 63 degrees when the parade steps off at 7 p.m. Rain is expected to hold off until the overnight hours.
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