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125 units scheduled for HOF Enshrinement Festival Community Parade

125 parade units will participate in this year's Community Parade on Sunday, July 31, in downtown Canton.

The community-based parade, founded in 1980 as the Junior Parade, offers local and regional groups the opportunity to participate in an exciting, professional event. The 125 parade units will be staged in the Nationwide Insurance Companies parking lot, with units stepping off at 2:30 p.m. from 11th St. N, traveling south on Market Ave. through the downtown area, and disbanding at approximately Second St. S.

Robert Timken, 2011 General Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the 2011 Community Parade Grand Marshal.

Spectators at the Community Parade will help determine the "Community Choice Award" winner when they cast a vote for their favorite parade group. Entry forms will be published in The Repository and will be available parade day at the souvenir booth near the office of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 222 Market Ave. N. The winning group will receive a plaque and $100 cash award and will be featured in next year's parade.

The Enshrinement Festival partners with News-Talk 1480 WHBC to produce the telecast of the parade from their broadcast booth at the "Kresge green space" on Market Ave., between Third and Fourth Sts. N. The Community Parade broadcast will be shown on Monday, Aug. 1, and Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. on the following: Canton City Schools Channel 11, Massillon City Schools Channel 21, Massillon Cable Channel 128, Time Warner Cable 989, and WIVM Over the Air 39.1.

For more information, call Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056.