CANTON, OH (July 25, 2013) – 111 parade units will participate in this year's Community Parade on Sunday, July 28, 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 111 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. Joe Halter, 2013 General Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the Community Parade Grand Marshal. The Enshrinement Festival partners with News-Talk 1480 WHBC to produce the telecast of the parade from their broadcast booth at the "Market Square” (the former Kresge green space) at 301 Market Ave. N. The Community Parade broadcast will be available on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, at 8 p.m. on the following channels: Canton City Schools Channel 11, Massillon Cable Channel 21 and 128, Time Warner Cable 989, and WIVM Over the Air 39.1. For more information, call Alexis Shepherd at (330) 458-2053, or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at

Enshrinement Festival Facts

In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or