DERRY — The community’s biggest salute to the season is now in the planning stages and people are invited to get involved.

The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce announces the 34th annual Nutfield Holiday Parade, kicking off Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. on West Broadway in front of the Adams Memorial Building.

This year’s parade theme is “Unsung Heroes.”

The parade is one of the largest in southern New Hampshire and typically hosts dozens of bands, floats, marching units, clowns, and costume characters marching down Broadway, up Crystal Avenue to Hood Commons.

The parade annually honors the Chamber’s top award honorees for 2021.

Citizen of the Year Ralph Valentine, Business of the Year Business Cents and Nonprofit of the Year Center for Life Management will all be honored during the parade.

Participation is free for area businesses, nonprofits and other organizations.

Those wanting to enter a float, performance unit or other entry must complete an online registration form and biography by Friday, Nov. 19. Visit the Chamber at gdlchamber.org to register.

Longtime parade organizer and committee chairman Steve Dente said the parade is a lot of hard work and financial support is always welcome.

“While participation in the parade is free, organizing the parade is not,” Dente said. “Even with volunteer labor, parade costs can exceed $10,000 each year. To make this community event a reality, the Chamber’s parade committee seeks financial support from the community.”

That support can be in sponsorship opportunities. Email Chamber President Ashley Haseltine for information at ashley@gdlchamber.org.

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