The Downtown Carlisle Association announced the 25th Anniversary Carlisle Corvette Parade will be held in Downtown Carlisle on Saturday, August 29th, from 7 pm - 9:30 pm. The Downtown Carlisle Association has produced each of the last 25 years' parades and this years' parade has some added features including more Corvettes, a new theme and a television show.
In years past, the Corvette Parade has maxed out at 400 cars. In recent years the DCA has seen a resurgence of interest in the Parade and numbers have pushed over 400 the last 3 years. In 2015 the DCA decided to max out at 500 cars and pre-registration as of the Thursday before the parade has boasted over 466 participants. "This is a great number and shows how interested these car enthusiasts are in downtown Carlisle and having a great time in our town," stated Ed Bidelspach, Board member of the DCA.
"Salute to Service" will be the 2015 Corvette Parade, along with the Corvettes at Carlisle theme. Along with the live bands, great food, and 500 Corvettes, veterans from all branches will be honored that evening with rides in the parade, along with the Zembo color Guard.
The downtown Carlisle Corvette Parade was started in 1990 as a way to get car show guests into Downtown Carlisle. In later years the parade was name in memorial to the late Chip Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events after his long fight with Amyloidosis. To honor Chip and the 25th parade anniversary, WHP TV 21 will be broadcasting the Parade three times at a later date. Highlighting the parade and the visitors it brings, the DCA and Carlisle Events sold advertising time on show to offset costs. "We wanted this to showcase downtown and the region," stated Mike Hurley, President of the DCA, "....it will be first class production highlighting the different businesses and successes downtown Carlisle has experienced the last few years," he continued.
The parade will park 500 corvettes in downtown Carlisle on East and West High from West to Bedford Streets, and North and South Hanover from North to South Street. Streets will close at 6:45 pm and will remain closed until 10 pm. Pomfret and alleyways will remain open.
The Downtown Carlisle Association markets the assets of Carlisle, thus improving the quality of life, and increasing downtown business, tourism and economic development opportunities. Through various tourism events, downtown beautification initiatives, retail recruitment and downtown residential revitalization, we make Downtown a great place to live, work, shop & play!