CANTON, OH (July 19, 2012) – 130 parade units will participate in this year's Community Parade on Sunday, July 29, 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 120 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. Candy Wallace, 2012 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the 2012 Community Parade Grand Marshal. The Enshrinement Festival partners with News-Talk 1480 WHBC to produce the telecast of the parade. WHBC will broadcast from "Market Square” (the former Kresge green space) on Market Ave. between Third and Fourth Streets N. The Community Parade broadcast will be shown on Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. on 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, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056, or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.
ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2012, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 49th 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 over two weeks from July 20 to Aug. 6, 2012. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $31 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. 4 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2012 Enshrinees, comprised of cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin and tackle Willie Roaf. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.