DERRY — The holiday season isn't too far off and it's time to think about Derry's annual Nutfield Holiday Parade, set to step off in downtown Derry on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m.

This year, the 33rd annual, will have the theme "Celebrations Through the Years" and will honor this year's 300th anniversary of the original Nutfield settlement.

Attracting nearly 10,000 spectators, the annual parade helps kick off the holiday season in Derry, and is one of the largest parades in southern New Hampshire featuring more than 80 floats, marching bands, clowns, costumed characters and much more.

Groups and organizations are invited to get involved in the parade by entering a float or marching unit. Parade sponsorships are also welcome.

"While participating in the parade is free, organizing the parade is not," said longtime Parade Committee member Steve Dente. "Indeed, even with the volunteer labor, parade costs exceed $10,000 each year. To make this community event a reality, the committee seeks financial support from the community."

To learn more about the parade, or ways to support the event, email Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Ashley Haseltine at ashley@gdlchamber.org. Groups looking to enter a float or other entry in the parade can find online information forms at gdlchamber.org. Deadline to register is Nov. 15.

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